Domestic Heater E-Cat Photo

Thanks to Lufong for pointing out this picture in the recent USPTO trademark application that was submitted by Andrea Rossi.

On Page 19 there is this statement:

‘March 2, 2015

‘To Whom it May Concern:

‘The attached photo has been made in our laboratory in Miami, Florida, and is related to the domestic heater “E-Cat The New Fire” manufactured by Leonardo Corporation for the climatization of our shop

M.Eng Fulvio Fabiani
C.E.O. of USQL LLC

Followed by this image:

domesticecat

This could be an interesting photo for replicators to study. I see some similarities to designs shown by some replicators — I am thinking this is a low-temperature E-Cat if it is used for domestic heating. We see a quartz or glass tube and inside I think we can make out a heating element. On each end of the tube are taps that could allow gas inside the reactor. I’m sure there are other clues in there that the replication community could spend a lot of time discussing.

Anyway, it’s an interesting picture — we haven’t seen such a closeup of an E-Cat of this kind before.

  • LuFong

    I agree that the picture should be rotated right 90 degrees (so the logo is vertical) and that the transparent tube is a water level gauge. What looks like a coil in the tube is probably just a reflection. There also appears to be two red (water) shutoff valves, top and bottom. The metal box with the trademark looks to me to be the outside of the E-Cat and fits the description Rossi gave a while ago about it’s size and shape. You can see what looks like two resistance wires going in and some insulation around some port. On the right it looks like some control circuitry.

    I would expect there to be a pressure relief valve somewhere, which may be the brass gizmo at the top (although I don’t see the lever). I would also expect to seem a lead for a thermocouple somewhere but don’t see one.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, perhaps when IH acquired the rights they acquired the rights for commercial applications with Rossi/Leonardo retain rights for domestic use (like heaters).

    • So, this is a small device. If rotated, the height is what? A wild guess = 14″ tall by 12″ wide by 6″ deep? Anyone have real information? It looks like an early crude experimental prototype. Didn’t Rossi once say it was the size of a small home computer?

    • Steve H

      I concur. The meniscus of the water level can be observed about half way up the level glass. This is fairly typical of a steam boiler level glass.

  • Gerard McEk

    You cannot see much, but it is clear that it is 90 degrees turned and that the front tube is a water level gauge. The view on the inside of the control box is too limited to give a proper opinion. I guess the two wires which run from the box to the E-Cat are thermocouples.

    • Agaricus

      All agreed. This looks like a somewhat crude prototype. The water level guage indicates a steam boiler rather than a water heater like conventional domestic ‘boilers’. This is presumably because the e-cat operates at or slightly above the BP of water, like the pilot plant, and may contain one cell of the type developed for the latter, plus a clone of the control system for one unit. The steam is probably recirculated through a heat exchanger/condenser which produces the hot water.

      • Obvious

        This is a water boiler for tea and coffee, for a cafe, of course.

        • Agaricus

          According to the skeps, making a cup of tea using a cold fusion reactor is the gold standard of LENR research. If AR had achieved this holy grail, I’m sure he would be trumpeting it from the rooftops.

          • Obvious

            Maybe he is waiting for the 350/400 day milestone party? I doubt AR would think much of making tea for a LENR gold standard, unless it was for a major customer that sell millions of hot drinks, and it saved then money… Maybe that’s the soggy future of food… The “steamrowave”, supplying instant supercritical steam-cooked food in seconds flat. Then one won’t need to order a day ahead to get a Jiggs Dinner.

  • Damoaj

    As a controls technician, I can add that the gauge of the two wires leaving the unit suggests higher current, so I’m thinking its the electric heating element.
    After studying the image for a few minutes I believe one of them curves around to the left of the contactor (with the White auxiliary terminals on top) to a connector terminal mounted on the din rail, while the other goes very dark in the photo and bends to a set of main contacts on the black part of the contactor, passing over and partly obscuring the wires below.

    As contactors are for switching high currents, that would make sense. It’s impossible to tell from the photo, if it’s being used alone or as a way of shutting down power in an emergency and wired in series with a SCR or SSR.

    In the middle are two plug in 4-pole relays which could be used for anything low current.

    And on the right seems to be the PLC with 4 extra-low current pilot relays. The brand is sadly unrecognisable to me.

  • Engineer48

    Fairly clear what it is. Can even see the fluid level.