Perspective on the 1MW Plant Problems (Omega Z)

We have many perceptive and articulate posters contributing here at E-Cat World, and I wanted to find a way to feature certain posts that I think deserve more attention than they may get in the comments area. So I have added this ‘Featured Reader Comments’ area to the site. Below are two comments in response to the news that Andrea Rossi posted yesterday about the problems involved with the 1 MW plant.

I’m neither surprised or disappointed by this news. It’s totally to be expected. Ganging 100 reactors together & keeping them in sync & stable is a far cry from controlling a single reactor on a work bench.

Thrown into a processing facility would add many new variables to boot. There’s always the wild card in these situations. Sudden unpredictable changes can occur at any time. Real World.

It would be extremely likely that additional sensors or controls will need to be added. And additional parameters added to the computer programming in the control box.

I once watched a team of 3 technicians spend a year working out kinks on a system somewhat similar as this. Of course they had it much easier as they were working with a multiple burner natural gas system. Not as simple as one would think. Note: this was a special purpose system.

With a couple hundred parameters, you can change just 1 with issues & have to re-calibrate most or all the others. And re-calibrating means making a change and waiting, possibly hours before readjusting or moving on to the next. At any given point, this could require starting all over.

Note that even when the task is achieved, It needs monitored for quite sometime(Months) to be sure all the issues have been addressed. Future Customers are going to want assurances of this.

All should take 1 thing into consideration: This is a non-conventional energy source. There is nothing else you can really compare it to. I Guess, Industrial Heat could spring for the cost of the premier expert on E-cats, but– Oh, Wait.

Omega Z

  • Ophelia Rump

    I think it is vitally important that they are getting a good taste of real world requirements. It will serve them well in the long-term. Customer values and needs are not an abstract set of parameters which you happened to put together successfully in the design lab.

    But they should also learn to let others do the fitting work, and do what they came for. They came to market reactor technology, not become boiler fitters. Once they have their engineering able to deliver real world requirements to customer satisfaction, they should withdraw back to their specialty and excel at that, or they will soon be left behind, bogged down in grunt work.

    • Heath

      Well said.

  • Andrew

    I’m inclined to think that the issues with the 1MW plant are from the wicking ability of the reactor. The reaction is exothermal. It requires heat to keep going, when some of that heat is being used elsewhere problems with the reaction show up. I guess it would all depend on the range where the reaction occurs and how quick the customer needs that heat.

    • Ophelia Rump

      Or it might be a customer requirement that it runs without any human intervention for prolonged periods and maybe that is not the current state of the art.

      Or maybe the customer has variable water usage demands and the system was designed for constant output. It might have reactor control down to perfection, and suddenly find that water demand is the real driver, and maybe they never considered automating regulation of water flow based upon demand changes.

      There could be a thousand things.

      Imagine you spend decades designing a new kind of nuclear reactor, you perfect it.
      You find a customer, and all they see is a big water heater that does not have the operational parameters of the old familiar one. Suddenly your lab is upside down with boiler makers and steam fitters running the show.

      That is when you know you have stepped outside your comfort zone.