Steven N. Karels, a frequent contributor in Andrea Rossi’s official website Journal of Nuclear Physics, shared a very interesting topic that deserves an intelligent discussion and even debate. Of course, it is related to the e-cat LENR based technology of the Italian inventor. He said:
“It seems to me the best application for eCat technology is where long-term, steady thermal output power is needed. Do you agree? Applications we have discussed such as baseload electric power generation where the load is constant for months at a time. Or electricity generation for Aluminum plants where they run continuously.”
“Yes, best applications are where Customers want thermal steady energy. Same thing for electric power, that soon we will deliver with the Hot Cats.”
Hot cats producing not only heat but also electricity in the near future is big news, but how close to being a real thing is that?
Karels further discussed about the e-cat applications and this time around he talked about electric cars:
“Electric cars require a large variety of output power from idle to hill climbing acceleration. Vehicle batteries are expensive, have very limited range and lose range in extreme temperature conditions. But the average power consumption of the car while cruising on a level road is very little.”
Rossi also answered this question. He stated that this specific application requires a lot of time. He explained:
“About cars I am very convinced that we will not see applications to cars before 10 years. A car maker I had a meeting with and with whom I have an NDA alive explained to me why it will take 20 years before seeing this tech on the cars, and he has been convincing. We are focused on thermal energy production (and manufacturing 1 MW plants for this purpose) and on electric power generation, for which we have advanced R&D in course.”
Robert Curto, another JONP poster, stated that the report of Karels is excellent. He also said that he forgot to mention that there is a cost to buy or lease 1,600 acres. He added:
“When the e-cat can generate commercial electricity, I believe it will be superior to ANY other method.”
Karels remains unperturbed by his opinion. He told Curto that he “still believe that hydro-electric power will be better than the hot e-cat in electricity generation as the flowing water provides the energy to be converted to electricity. But hydro-electric power is limited and cannot easily grow.”
Who do you think is right? And how far are we today from a Hot Cat electricity provider?