I asked Andrea Rossi a question on the Journal of Nuclear Physics today about progress his team has made as far as electricity production. Yesterday he had mentioned that he had not much experience with turbines, which made me curious:
January 11th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I hope all is going well with the R&D and long-term testing.
Have you done any testing of the hot cat with turbines to generate electricity?
January 11th, 2014 at 1:36 PM
Not yet. We are continuing our R&D and validation work and we will pass to the coupling with turbines when we will have consolidated positive results at the end of this R&D and validation stage. Remember that the results could also be negative.
It’s somewhat surprising that with the performance that Rossi has reported from the hot cat that they haven’t yet tried to use its heat to generate electricity, but it sounds like they are wanting to fully examine the long-term stability of their reactors before they move on to the next stage. I imagine there will be a considerable amount of engineering involved in designing a system to fit the hot cats to a turbine, so even if the hot cat passes its test with flying colors, it could be some time before Rossi and Co. will be able to start generating electricity.