John Maguire of Q-Niverse has conducted an interview with Andrea Rossi and the audio and a transcript has been posted at Cold Fusion Now.
True to form, Rossi does not go into much detail about things that people want to know about the E-Cat. He won’t discuss the new design of the reactor, for example. John tries hard to get Rossi to enter into a discussion about the recent E-Cat test, but Rossi does not want to critique it or comment on it very much, saying that his only concern is to concentrate on making sure the 1 MW plant he and his team is working on is working perfectly.
Rossi does mention that he thinks the COP of the reactor measured in the test was probably higher than reported, because he thinks the testers were using very conservative calculations.
The most interesting part of the interview in my mind is when Rossi talks about the problems operating the 1 MW plant. He says that this is the first time that he has used a plant in a real-world industrial operation where the plant is under continuous load. Previous plants have been operated without a load, and apparently there are big differences now. He mentions that there is a much more sophisticated control system for the plant now, and he says the plant is now basically operated by a ‘robot’.
Rossi thinks it will take about a year to get the plant to where they want it to be — running perfectly smoothly so it can produce a continuous thermal output 24/7, for 350 days per year. But that is just an estimate, as there are unforseen issues that can crop up.
Well done to John Maguire for this interview — I think he did as well as anyone could have done under the circumstances. It sounds like Rossi was in a hurry, no doubt wanting to get back to work, and not wanting to talk about anything that might give away any secrets. Thanks also to Ruby Carat for helping arrange the interview.
UPDATE: Underlining what is mentioned above, Rossi just posted this on the Journal of Nuclear Physics:
I am receiving a snowball of comments, in any form and with the most creative excuses, to get more information regarding the reactor tested by the ITP: questions regarding charge,powders, alumina, resistances, photographies, cables, you name it, you got it. For me it is not a pleasure to spam all of them. For this reason, please take notice of the fact that I cannot give any more information about the reactor in positive or in negative. I cannot, as well, give any information, so far, regarding the R&D and the theoretical study started from the publication of the Report.