How Hot was the Lugano Lab During the E-Cat Test?

Here’s an interesting post from Andrea Rossi in response to a question from a reader (Achi) on the Journal of Nuclear Physics regarding the temperature in the lab during the running of the Hot Cat test, which ran for 32 days during February and March this year.

He asked:

How was the room ventilated? From the pictures I’ve seen it just looks like a regular room that would get quite hot with the e-cat running 24/7, so i was wondering how they got rid of the heat.

Rossi’s reply:

He,he,he…nice question.
It was winter, and in Lugano winter is pretty cold; besides, the laboratory is in a valley between mountains, where cold intensifies. In the photos you cannot see, but along all the ceiling of the laboratory there was a long and big window, that remained open during all the roughly thousand hours of the experiment, so that the hot air mostly escaped through the upper window; nevertheless, the laboratory ( which was pretty big) has been heated enough to force the persons inside to stay in shirts ( with an external temperature between minus 5 and plus 10 °C as an average, in the period of February and March. Inside the laboratory the temperature was about of 25°C, but, again, with the hot air , which obviously has a specific gravity minor than the cold air, escaping continuously, 24 hours per day, through the big window of the ceiling of the lab.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

We know that Industrial Heat is working hard to perfect the 1 MW plant to provide steam for an industrial plant, but posts like this make me wonder if it might not be simpler to use these E-Cats in some kind of space heating systems. If IH don’t want to, or are not able to make domestic heaters yet, surely there are large factories or other industrial buildings out there in cold climates where lots of heat is needed.

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