Andrea Rossi has mentioned many times that his only goal for his E-Cat technology is to put working products into the marketplace, and that the only validation that counts is having customers satisfied with working products that save them money.
One of Rossi’s Journal of Nuclear Physics readers, Iggy Dalrymple, proposed a different approach that Rossi might take. His idea was that instead of selling power producing products, that Rossi’s Leonardo sell electricity directly to customers. He said:
You could sell electric power to cities, utility companies, and large industrial users. That way you could better protect your intellectual property. My small town (population 2,500) sells electricity to its citizens, but buys all its power from the grid.
As you know, there are many small remote villages that use diesel generated electricity produced with diesel oil barged in at great expense . . . Some small island states could use your service without any bureaucratic interference.
Rossi’s response: “Our strategy is to sell the reactors, but your suggestion could become of actuality in future.”
If Rossi’s claim of E-Cats producing 600C steam with a COP of 6 using minute amounts of nickel/hydrogen fuel bears out it is feasible that Rossi could build plants that could provide power in the way that Dalrymple proposes. In this scenario it would take more capital outlay on Leonardo’s part since they would be responsible for building, operating and maintaining the plants, but Leonardo would collect all the revenues from electricity sales, and also would remain in control of the reactors, minimizing the possibility of intellectual property being leaked or stolen.
It doesn’t look like this will be Leonardo’s initial strategy if working E-Cats hit the market, but it’s a possibility down the road — and who knows, some of us might find ourselves sending our electric bills to Rossi’s power company.