There has been some interesting information from Andrea Rossi revealed by Andrea Rossi recently regarding plans for the Hot Cat (the high temperature E-Cat reactor), which he now says will be used as the basis for domestic E-Cat units, which apparently are being prepared for in ongoing R&D activity. Here are some recent questions and comments from Rossi via the Journal of Nuclear Physics.
Q: Do you think that if the year long test of the 1 MW plant – if the results will be positive and the safety will be sound – will make easier to obtain the safety certification for the domestic E-Cat?
May 8th, 2015 at 6:59 PM
Yes. By the way, the test on course on the Hot Cat adjacent to the 1 MW E-Cat are going well, and it is the core of what will be the domestic E-Cat; we made improvements respect the Lugano reactor, obtained by the successful application of a new design that has been born studying the results of Lugano.
Q: Can you explain why you now find the Hot Cat is more suitable for home heating than the lower temperature E-Cat?
May 10th, 2015 at 9:48 AM
Very interesting question.
In domestic applications we will not have multiple reactors to make up synergies as it is happening with the 1MW plant; for this reason, the low temperature E-Cats are less efficient: the COP of the Hot Cat, when utilized in mono-assemblies, is higher. As I said before, E-Cats are very complex things, much more complex than it appears.
Q: Does this mean you are able to achieve substantial periods of self-sustain mode with a single Hot Cat reactor?
May 10th, 2015 at 1:59 PM
Yes: with the Hot Cat we are reaching here inside the computers container very long ssm.
Also its test will last one year. It has been strony modified after the Lugano test.
Rossi said in another comment that although they are planning on using the Hot Cat in domestic appliances, producing electricity from these small units is still an “still an unresolved problem, notwithstanding many prototypes of direct conversion, too “green” to be taken as mature solution”, and that using the Carnot cycle — which would mean a steam generator — is impossible. So the plan at this point is to use the domestic units as heaters only.
It sounds like Industrial Heat has some level of confidence that they will be able to get safety certification for these domestic units now, or they probably wouldn’t be putting in the effort that they are in this area. But it seems unrealistic to expect domestic heaters showing up in the near future, especially now we know there’s another year-long test to wait on.