As of this writing, Leonardo Corporation has already designed two thermal energy producing e-cats. Andrea Rossi’s 1 MW e-cat plant is currently available on the market (claimed to have been purchased since October 2011).
The Italian inventor’s 10 KW unit, on the other hand, is underway, still in the process of industrial development. Rossi hopes to produce one million 10 KW e-cats for home heating purposes, within the next year and a half. With the company’s newly-begun collaboration with Siemens AG, it looks like Rossi is thinking ahead of another plan, too.
He talked about his new partner’s promise for efficient production of electricity at low steam temperatures. Rossi explained that unfortunately this is only from large e-cat plants:
We are working hard on this issue. The Siemens turbine, anyway, will be for plants over 15 electric MW of power, no way to make it fit for small applications.
Probably we will start soon the production of a 15 MW plant, totally self sustained utilizing part of the electric energy it produces to drive the E-Cat modules and using the remaining thermal energy for heating.
So, the pursuit of a larger 15 MW self-sustaining e-cat begins now. Rossi also admitted that this would allow him to start working on a closed-loop system wherein e-cats produce the electricity the can power the e-cat reactors. This is a very important aspect to take care of, in order to produce both heat and electricity.
When recently asked by one of his readers if the e-cat needs electric power, which is very expensive in some countries like Italy, Rossi replied that it is crucial to turn on the electric power production, as soon as possible, giving more room for debates and assumptions related to the market value of the E-Cat.
However, if this process is successful, an external energy source will no longer be required. The efficient production of electricity from the device plays a very important role in the success and effectiveness of Rossi’s LENR device. Basically this is the main reason why people are interested in the E-Cat unit, isn’t it?