There is much speculation about the impact a true, working model of the E-cat will have on the economies of the world. Not only the economies, but the governments and the ecosystem will be strongly affected by a powerful alternative source of power.
News about the 600C E-Cat is, according to Rossi, mere months away, while release of the domestic E-Cat is due to happen in 2013. The 1 MW unit already in use is still operating without publicity, as the owners want anonymity. So, let’s speculate about how long it may take for E-Cat power to be the norm.
The 600C E-Cat may be one of the most exciting large scale developments in alternative energy. With temperatures of this magnitude, developers can expect to produce massive amounts of steam with little cost. The COP of 6 that is highly touted is comparable to nuclear power that is reported to have a COP of 1.5. This means it returns 6 times the amount of energy as what it requires to produce the heat. With this kind of return, the cost of producing energy will be greatly reduced. The costs of the units themselves is not yet clear, but hopefully the high temperature units will be no more expensive to produce than the original E-Cats.
If steam is produced in sufficient amounts, the production of electricity will be significant. It is entirely possible that power plants across the world will want to use the high temperature E-Cat as their source of heat for steam production. This will make a significant impact on the coal industry, since so many power plants are coal burning plants. Most people expect pressure from governments to resist conversion, since the fossil fuel industry has powerful interests in most governments and almost unlimited lobbyist money. Therefore, it could be that most of the first 600C E-Cats will be utilized by underdeveloped nations or by large military organizations that use their own power plants off the public grid. Integration of the high temperature E-Cats into this type of usage should progress rapidly. Some speculate that it will take over 50 years for the power plants in developed nations to convert. However, once the politicians bow to the will of the people, it should be done in half that time.
The 1 MW plant is already in use by at one anonymous party. Speculation has it that the U.S. Navy is the customer currently depending on the E-Cat for power at a base, somewhere. Another 1 MW plant is set for delivery somewhere in Europe in just a month. This plant is capable of providing heat and boiling water for a large building or complex. This unit may go into more widespread use more quickly than the high temperature units, since it can be purchased and used by corporations, rather than by governments. As business complexes are built, the 1 MW plant can be incorporated into the power system to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for heating. This, alone, can present an enormous savings for business owners, making the E-Cat a popular item in the construction or remodeling of offices, school buildings, and hospitals. This could become widespread and a normal use within only 10 years.
Scheduled for release next year, the 1kW E-Cat is designed for home heating. Considering the affordability of the units, they could become the norm for home heating easily within 10 years, if installation is simple. Individuals who depend on heating oil in cold weather will benefit tremendously with the lower cost of these units, with one months’ savings paying for the unit. At this kind of savings and cost of operation, the only obstacle to implementation would be installation and retrofitting problems. If it’s the kind of unit that you can just plug in and duct, look for a 5 year implementation.
In general, the larger the application, the longer it will take to implement the technology. This is simply logistical, considering the number of people and organizations involved. The larger applications, too, will be more subject to politics. Not that the smaller E-Cats are immune to politics, but once they are certified and released to the market, free people everywhere will want to purchase one for their own use.