The Journal of Nuclear Physics, Andrea Rossi’s blog, is overflowing with questions and suggestions for harnessing the energy created by the E-Cats of various sizes. Rossi is kind enough to respond to most of the suggestions put forth so that, while not revealing anything that could compromise his work, he offers insights into the technologies around cold fusion.
Some suggestions have been for the use of microturbines. These are small steam engines that have about a 30% efficiency in converting steam to electricity. This is far greater than, say, solar or wind power. Rossi has not responded yet on this particular topic. Another suggestion has been the Seebeck Thermoelectric Effect. This device was considered by NASA, but set aside when the efficiency rated below 20%. Rossi agreed with the poster concerning the Seebeck, saying that the ‘Tiger’, or Hot Cat, still has a COP of 6 and the Seebeck is not high efficiency enough. He went on to explain that he has much expertise in working with Seebeck through the late 90s, but never got a very high efficiency. In addition, Seebeck uses plutonium, which is radioactive, and expensive.
Fusor devices are also a possibility, with the confinement of reactions a big plus. Some are hoping to combine the fusor with the E-Cat to compound energy production.
E-Cat cars are on the minds of many posters, too. Most of us want to see cars that will run indefinitely, just as our home heating and cooling will do, and the use of E-Cat is the promise for an affordable, eco-friendly answer to noxious fossil fuels and inconvenient, expensive electric and solar power.
However, Rossi has said that E-Cat powered cars are 20 years in the future. Many have been skeptical about that, of the mind that engineers and inventors in the automotive industry should be able to beat that timetable quite handily.
Recently, in his blog, Rossi clarified his prediction. He explained:
“For cars applications you have to go through series of certifications and tests by the carmakers. It will take no less than 20 years.”
Those who put their hope in technology can always be thwarted by red tape. However, Rossi has said repeatedly that any device to be used by the general public requires much more rigorous testing and certification standards. How much more so for a vehicle capable of carrying the E-Cat careening down the road at high speeds, carrying families.
Perhaps, as Rossi has suggested, after the domestic E-Cat is finally certified, it will speed the certification process for other LENR devices, since it will be a proven commodity.