Andrea Rossi’s 1MW E-cat plant is now being used in a commercial application by an anonymous buyer. Apparently, the very first ever unit, even with some of the newest technology on the planet, functioned well enough to convince someone that it was well worth the money and with the added functionality improvements, is apparently stable and running.
Since then, Rossi has eliminated some of the flaws, ever improving upon his own invention and has, in fact, received orders for more units. The original customer wants a dozen more, which Rossi says will be linked together. It is hypothesized that this will be a cascade design, rather than in parallel. In fact, Rossi recently stated that the cascade design is possible and works.
So, has the E-Cat has already begun to have an economic impact on the economies of the world? E-Cat buyers are already saving money on their power use. And, the money is staying in their own pockets, giving them more leeway to do other things. The original customer is an unnamed military concern, and we don’t know if a second buyer (who is rumored to potentially going public with his E-Cat purchase) is military or not.
We are close to deliver a 1 MW plant to an European Customer.
We will give information about this plant when it will be in operation at least for some month, not before. We want not to be disturbed, as well as our Customer, from meaningless noise until the operation is well consolidated. (Andrea Rossi)
Is the E-Cat already making an economic impact? For those two customers, it is. They are gaining lower cost power production, leaving more money in their pockets (Well, the second customer will this fall, when his E-Cat is delivered.)
Depending on the customer, these economic impacts will be more or less noticeable. For instance, if it is an established military base that has been using the local power grid, the loss of that revenue will immediately make itself known. If it is a military outpost that generated its own energy, few people will know the difference. The economic impact of this scenario will be more subtle.
If the anonymous customer is from a developed country, it will be somewhat harder to keep the effects secret. That’s partly because of the communications technologies and density of population, which responds to fluxes in local economy.
If it is an isolated, underdeveloped nation, word may never get out about the E-Cat, and the economic impact won’t be felt for a long time. That’s because the user didn’t make much impact, anyway.
As a recent reply on this forum stated, it could be that the first commercial success of the E-Cat will be, indeed, in the under-developed countries. The top European and American governments are rumored to be in the hip pockets of the fossil fuel companies. Lobbyists from these concerns are paid millions of dollars to ”encourage” politicians to squelch alternative energy initiatives.
Pressure from the oil monopolies also are suspected in the standards and certifications enforced in testing new technology.
If there is resistance in the tier 1 countries that are already well established economically, there will certainly be a market in those countries that have large portions of their population depending on diesel powered generators for their limited electricity. The affordability of the E-Cat is not projected to be a problem, nor will replacement fuel charges. The availability of raw materials is also not an issue, as both nickel and hydrogen are plentiful.
The manufacturing process for the E-Cats will certainly boost the economy of the niche industries that support it – sort of a “grass-roots” benefit. If it is the underdeveloped countries that first benefit from LENR units, the impact on the oil industry will be less obvious, at first. The difference will be gradual, as the previously ignored countries become more competitive consumers. They’ll build more, travel more, learn more, and generally make themselves noticed in the market place.
Increased competition will result, and then the tier 1 countries will have to sit up and take notice.
What has brought these countries into the industrial age? Even countries that don’t have much in the way of natural resources to export can still offer a labor force for manufacturing, and space for those factories, and tax breaks, along with tax income.
At this point, pressure from industry in Europe, the Americas, and other tier 1 countries may finally turn toward LENR technology. What do you think?