Although the E-Cat and Hot Cat only require a change of fuel canisters once every 6 months, many members of the E-Cat community are trying to figure out a more time-efficient method of performing the task. This is probably due to the fact that in a large power plant, there would be hundreds of individual E-Cats, requiring a constant process of changing out fuel canisters. Herb Gillis, who contributes to the Journal of Nuclear Physics frequently, recently suggested to Andrea Rossi:
“Instead of having a trained technician change the fuel in an Ecat device every 6 months, do you think it might be possible to have a series of multiple cartridges pre-loaded in the machine that could be rotated or slid into the active chamber automatically (like bullets inside a revolver), without having to open the device? If this is possible it might extend the service cycle from 6 months to several years.”
“Yes, it is possible.”
Unfortunately, he did not elaborate. However, his reticence to give further details leaves the E-Cat community free to propose their own ideas on the topic. Steven Karels added:
“Your answer to Herb Gills question about ‘revolving reactors’ suggests that calendar life time is not a major factor in eCat reactors. That is, the reactor lifetime appears to be primarily a function of operating time and total power generated rather than time since the reactor is loaded with fuel. Can you confirm this?”
Rossi appeared to have misunderstood Mr. Karels’ question, and replied:
“Sorry, we cannot give information regarding our charges.”
Then, he further stated:
“I do not understand your question. What do you mean ‘revolving reactors’? I never used this definition. The rest of the question is not clear to me, sorry.”
Mr. Karels explained:
“Please allow me to clarify. You were asked if an eCat could be constructed such that the reactors could be automatically rotated in place of spent ones to effectively extend the operational lifetime of an eCat unit before a maintenance cycle was required. For example, if the eCat reactor has a lifetime of 6 months, then a system with four such reactors could be sequentially switched in so that the time between maintenance periods would be two years. You said, I think, that it was possible.
“If this is correct, then we can conclude that the 6 month lifetime of a rector was only based on operating time or total energy extracted from the reactor and not a calendar lifetime, for example a storage lifetime limitation.
“I am not saying this is your current or future design. I only point out the logical conclusion from your statement.”
With this clarification in hand, Andrea Rossi responded:
“I did not answer that it is possible now, I answered I think can be possible: but to make it possible a new design is necessary. At the moment it is not so. In any case, it is true that when we say 6 months, we mean 6 operative months.
“Thank you for rephrasing, now I understood.”
Andrea Rossi continues to work 16 to 18 hour days on the E-Cat, even though it has passed certification and verification. He says that he and his team are constantly collecting and studying every bit of information yielded by the E-Cats. He also stated, about 2 months ago, that there would be a big surprise soon. From the above exchange, the surprise won’t be a rotating fuel reloader, but it is bound to be major.