Andrea Rossi once again today reiterated his claim that the amount of nickel used in the E-Cat reaction is miniscule — that: “The amount of Ni used by the E-Cat, even in a widespread situation, would not affect the world production of Ni. 1 g of mass yields 23 000 kWh and the used Ni is anyway recyclable for all the other uses.”
In an attempt to get a clearer picture of what we can expect from Andrea Rossi and Co. regarding its manufacturing of E-Cat reactors once it is in operation (I’m still convinced this will happen, btw), I put some questions to Rossi on his JONP site. Here they are with his answers:
1. When an E-Cat reactor is replaced (every 6 months, you mention), will the used nickel in the reactors be reprocessed in your facilities for the manufacturing of new E-Cat reactors? Yes
2. Will all used reactors from plants around the world be sent back to the central manufacturing facility (presumably in the USA) for reprocessing? Yes
3. Will all rector exchanges be carried out by authorized agents of yours, or can plant owners change their own reactors? The exchanges will be made by our specialists
All this suggests that there will have to be a huge operation involved in the manufacturing of E-Cat reactors, from the preparation of nickel powder (first-time, and recycled), the assembling of reactors, the building of plants, the distribution, replacement and return of replacement reactors — and all this apparently going on in the United States to serve a worldwide market. If the E-Cat is widely adopted the whole operation will be an immense undertaking that will require much labor, organization and money to achieve. Right now, looking from the outside, there are few signs of what might be going on behind the scenes. The secret is well-kept for now, and I’m sure the people involved are relieved to be able to work in peace. Things could change very quickly once the partner is identified.