Rossi: No Degradation of E-Cat Fuel After Six Months

Andrea Rossi made an interesting comment regarding the degradation of the E-Cat “fuel” inside his reactor. For a long time Rossi has been talking about changing his reactors after six months of operation to ensure no degradation in performance.

A questioner on his site recently asked:

” Have you ever done experiments to see just how long you can make a given fuel mass last? It seems you’ve gone to six months, but do you change it just for the sake of it, or is it really depleated at that time?

Like if you have 50 grams of Nickel and just see how long it goes before it runs out? Will it last A year or two?”

Rossi’s answer:

“1-We did not try more than 6 mo for a charge, because every 6 mo I wanted to check.
2- The charge was not depleted at that time, but so far I prefer to avoid risks and change. In time we will test longer periods.”
3-4: I do not know.

So it appears that the six month recharge is rather an arbritary time period chosen by Rossi as a precautionary measure. It is of course, time consuming to test the time limits of the reaction, but it could turn out that the E-Cat is even more efficient than Rossi is estimating. The longer the charge, the cheaper the energy will be, so it will be very interesting to eventually find out how long an E-Cat can run for.

  • carl

    1kg (so 1000g,you use 100g for year) is 21€ (so 2,1€ per year)….the price do not change very much 🙂 ..

  • Julian Braga

    In the E-Cat system the cost of the “fuel” is negligible, just like in wind farms and solar farms. The only cost that matters is the capital needed to install the hardware, and the costs for the maintenance of the hardware.

  • ukram

    But it is important to measure the amount of nickel since it is not clear how the reaction works. One goal is to get a reaction where only hydrogen is consumed, i.e. cyclical reaction.

  • Arnd

    The price of nickel is not that relevant. Rossi uses enriched nickel, he can only use a few percent of natural nickel. It is not known how expensive the enrichment process is. But i think it’s safe to say that even with not-so-chep enrichment it will still be very competitive.

  • chukked

    if the price of home ecat is so high that interest on the amount is equal to the electricity bill i am paying then it will not get succeed in home except where there is no or little electricity available.