Steven Karels, a frequent commenter on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, has been asking Andrea Rossi about the use of Nickel in the E-Cat. He has attempted to get exact figures on the amount of Nickel actually consumed by these units. He recently did some pretty astounding math about the world supply of Nickel, and consumption of it for E-Cats.
“While the statement that 1 gram of (consumed) Nickel will yield 23,000 MWhrs of energy is true, let us assume that only one isotope is actually consumed by whatever reaction occurs within the eCat reactor.
“For example, if Ni-64 were the consumed isotope and its natural occurrence is about 1%, then a fuel sample of 100 grams after full depletions would weigh 99 grams. This depleted Nickel could then be used for other commercial purposes.
“Average world energy use is around 15 TerraWatts times 8,760 hours per year yields around 130,000 terraWatt-hours per year.
“To meet all the world’s energy needs, a total of about 6 metric tons of Nickel would be consumed per year. With the isotope assumption (1%), the total Nickel required would be 600 metric tons per year.
“The annual production of Nickel is around 1.6 million metric tons. Estimated world reserves are at 80 million metric tons,
“So we could run a long time on Nickel.”
If Mr. Karels’ figures are correct, the planet could, indeed, run for a long time on current stores of Nickel, especially if the power comes from E-Cats and Hot Cats.