Here’s an interesting exchange on the Journal of Nuclear Physics which give a little indication about how E-Cat technology may be deployed in the future:
Dear Andrea Rossi,
Have you considered using solar cells to improve the effective COP of the Hot eCat units? Conceptually, each eCat reactor unit would be connected with a heat exchanger where the average temperature of the heat exchanger surface would be 600C. I have not gone through the specific calculations so the added power may not be worth the effort and expense. Something to consider.
May 25th, 2014 at 7:14 AM
Steven N. Karels:
We are making vast R&D regarding couplings with solar plants. I cannot talk about particulars, due to the necessity to avoid pre- publication of patents in course of application.
As we’ve discussed before here, solar power could certainly be a source of energy that could be used to ‘drive’ E-Cats, either using PV cells to produce electricity, or direct thermal energy — since a heat source is needed to initiate and control the E-Cat reaction.
It might also be worth mentioning that Cherokee Investment Partners who formed Industrial Heat in the past have worked in the area of converting brownfield sites (contaminated and abandoned ex-industrial pieces of land) into solar farms.