Andrea Rossi’s site, The Journal of Nuclear Physics, is host to many ideas and question/answer sessions with the scientist. One of the frequent posters on the forum, Dr. Joseph Fine, asked Rossi about the incorporation of heat pumps with an operating E-Cat.
“Can you use a heat pump and a natural-gas driven E-Cat together to obtain greater efficiency in heating/cooling? That should be useful. Or maybe it is redundant.”
Rossi responded that it would, indeed, be possible in the right application.
Another question by Fine piqued the imagination, as well:
“If an E-Cat operates at 10% normal power, can it be used ten times longer before recharging the fuel module? (Five years versus 6 month.) This might be useful in a heat pump operation where the E-Cat is used to warm outside air or supply water going to the heat pump. (Or, maybe, the heat pump warms the outside air or supply water before going to the E-Cat.)
Rossi agreed that this would be a viable operation. Such use of the E-Cat reinforces that the temperature is variable, and the possibility of extending the service of one charge might have really good applications in remote areas.
Another poster, Herb Gillis, confirmed with Rossi that it would be possible to:
“…replace the electrical heating elements in the existing hot-ecat with tubes for hot oil (or liquid metal) heating? Then any heat source could be applied to heating the oil (or metal), and the customer can use what ever source is most economical for his situation to provide the drive.”
As Rossi said earlier, there will be more applications for the E-Cat than he could have ever imagined. Once the units are on the market, the sky – literally – is the limit.