The E-Cat, available in 3 models, is under various stages of certification, testing, and patenting. Certification of the domestic E-Cat has recently been postponed, to the great disappointment of those awaiting its release. So far, it appears that it will still be released in 2013, but probably later in the year. The redesigned domestic E-Cat is capable of producing energy in sufficient amounts to supply electricity to a home.
The 1 MW industrial plant is already in production, with at least 13 ordered (based on Rossi’s claims). The Hot Cat has been running in sustained mode for nearly the entire summer, and Andrea Rossi has no plans to turn it off any time soon.
Each of these units requires a catalyst to start the reaction between hydrogen and nickel powder. This catalyst is still unknown to the public, until all certifications are complete and patents are secure. There has been much speculation as to the catalyst. We do know that electrical power is used, at least at some point, in the reaction that produces heat.
However, one of the goals in the minds of many people is that the E-Cat can be used in remote regions, providing desalinization, heat, and electricity to those peoples who don’t have access to such necessities. Plans have already been made to use electric generators powered by fossil fuels to provide the energy to start and help maintain the E-Cat reactions.
Just a few days ago, a poster to Andrea Rossi’s blog, Journal of Nuclear Physics, asked the inventor if it is absolutely necessary to use electricity to prime the machine. He asked if one could use “just heat to prime the device”.
Rossi’s response was that electrical power is not strictly necessary to start the reaction. This is good news to those who would want to take the E-Cat into inaccessible areas, or who simply want to go completely off-grid.