E-Cat X Reactor Down Again, Rossi Still Very Optimistic

Andrea Rossi has reported on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that the E-Cat X Reactor prototype he has been testing recently has broken again. This is the second time this new version of the Hot Cat has broken; the first time a component burnt out, and Rossi’s team had to make some kind of new material to fix it.

This time something similar seems to have happened. Rossi explains the problem:

Andrea Rossi
September 25th, 2015 at 8:17 AM
Shandra Mcvea:
The 1 MW E-Cat has problems with a leak that we are repairing.
The E-Cat X is fused because we reached a too high temperature and critical components are fused. We have to invent a new material for it and I am studying a new alloy that could have the necessary characteristics. I think we will have the new one in operation within a month. The materials existing in the market are not good, for one reason or another. We have to make a material that does not exist, but we know enough to make it.
Today is a hard day.
Warm Regards,

Andrea Rossi
September 25th, 2015 at 7:49 PM
Jane Carver:
Too high temperature in a zone of the E-Cat X where materials are not the right ones. Today we bought what necessary to make a new material and I think in several weeks the E-Cat X will be again working.
Warm Regards,

It does not sound like Rossi is giving up on this reactor at all. He stated also: “Failures are are the food of successful outputs. I am extremely optimist about the E-Cat X.”

It’s interesting that Rossi says it will take several weeks for the E-Cat X to be working again — possibly there is some major work needed to create the new material, and then redesign the reactor to the point where it will be able to handle the high temperatures that this reactor is apparently operating at for long periods of time.

  • Ophelia Rump

    I wonder what temperatures it can reach? Can you just imagine smelters powered by LENR?
    Low cost production of metals would be an interesting result.

    • Jarea

      Ophelia where has you been? You have not commented before. 😉

    • f sedei

      No one really knows what temperature can be reached by LENR and by not splitting the atom. Truly an amazing phenomenon which requires much more study and research.

      • Axil Axil

        The nano particles must be in a solid form, so the highest temperature would be the sublimation point of carbon the highest melting temperature of any element: 6000C or there about.

        • f sedei

          It is not beyond reason that the highest known temperature is above the melting point of any element. But, how do we measure except by mathematical speculation?

    • Axil Axil

      no higher than the melting point of platinum, 1750C or there about.

    • Fyodor

      Keep in mind that temperatures which can melt metals will be melting the E-cat.

      • Jarea

        But you can accumulate energy outside ecat with heat exchangers or electricity conversion

  • Jimr

    I’m wondering if Rossi is approaching the point where Brillioin is today. They stated that they need to develope new materials for their product.

  • Warthog

    Having a reactor fail because it is putting out “too much” heat is NOT a problem that the field of LENR has had in the past (other than sporadically….i.e. the P&F “cube” that melted its way through the reactor walls, the lab benchtop, and some unspecified distance into a concrete floor). All such failures are GOOD news….not bad.