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,

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.

  • Donk970

    The possibilities are endless, barns, sheds, garages etc. I’ve got a couple of electric space heaters to heat my workshop during the winter. That would be a real nice application of a heater that had a COP of three or four.

  • Thomas Kaminski

    The human body at rest generates about 150 watts. 3000 watts is about 20 people. No big deal for any air conditioning system in the US.

  • BillH

    I asked the room temperature question in the “always open thread” a few days ago, I’m glad to see someone followed it up, and that Mr Rossi found it amusing. This does however leave me thinking that this was now a rather small test. I used to have a 2KW electric fire, you remember the ones with two bars that used to glow red hot? I used it to heat a room 18x12x8ft and it was fine, but it was switched off much more than on because electric heating is the most expensive.

    It makes the whole idea look much less impressive knowing that the same effect in terms of heat output could have been achieved by a couple of 2KW electric fires. I suppose it’s the proof of concept that’s important in this case.

    I’m pretty sure the 10KW domestic units that were first suggested would have heated my house during a UK Winter with ease, and at about a third of the cost of using a gas boiler. I think the safety risks must be the sticking point there or we may have seen domestic units by now.

    So, it’s back to factory testing, analysis, and finding a solid theory to explain the effect…