The E-Cat and Hot Cat both have passed their certification tests, and have been validated by independent third party tests. However, research and development continue. Even as the talk of robotized assembly lines are being discussed for the manufacturing facility, Andrea Rossi and his team continue to collect data for analysis.
Frank Acland, who comments quite often on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, recently asked Rossi about this:
“I understand why you must be putting the e-cat through a vigorous testing regimen – certainly necessary in any product development process – but could you explain the purpose for further validation at this point?
“If your products work satisfactorily why is further validation necessary? Who is the audience for the validations?”
Andrea Rossi responded:
“We are following the validation program that had been already foreseen after the 120 hour test of the Third Indipendent Party. When our US Partner will consider mature the time, specific information will be given, also about the ‘audience’ of the R&D and validation work in course.”
Paul, another commenter on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, commented:
“In order for R&D to serve manufacturing, manufacturing must anticipate the next version of the product. If retooling costs of the factory are too great, new designs with reduced manufacturing costs and better performance will never make it into production. Phased improvement solves the problem of perfect being the enemy of good.
“The question is: Are you designing your factory floor with rapid retooling in mind?”
“Not me, but our engineers are doing it.”
So, although there was no specific answer about the purpose of further validation, or the recipient of the information, we do know that the U.S. Partner will release information when it is ready, and the R&D continues.