When Industrial Heat bought Rossi’s technology it seemed that the future for E-Cat technology would be in the industrial arena. Before the IH era, Andrea Rossi had talked enthusiastically about the mass creation of domestic E-Cats that could be used for home heating and, in time, electricity generation. He said the key for this to become a reality would be safety certification.
Then Rossi reported that safety certification would not be as quick as he had once hoped. He said that certifiers would need thousands of hours of data from operating E-Cats to check its performance, and that data was not available to them. So the focus shifted to industrial E-Cat plants, and that is where we are now, with Rossi saying he is now running his first 1 MW plant in an extended on-site industrial test, before revealing it to the public.
However, recent comments by Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics suggest that plans for the domestic E-Cat have not been placed on hold. Here’s a recent comment by him on the topic.
January 5th, 2015 at 2:48 PM
You asked, in Italian, when the domestic E-Cat will go in the market.
Surely it will go in the market. The “when” depends on a factor that does not depend on us, which is the safety certification. We are working strong on it, as well as on the technology of the same, very well developed. Once obtained the certification we will unleash all the strategy to produce the E-Cats in economy scale, to make them competitive beyond any attempt of reverse engineering.
According to Rossi in other comments he has made recently, is the production of these units in the millions, and producing them at such low prices that it would discourage competitors from bothering to reverse engineer them and try to sell them:
“When our domestic small E-Cats will hit the market we will not have anymore a reverse engineering problem, as I already explained, because the economy scale will allow prices that will make competition not convenient. We are working on it.”
Rossi has said that the technology behind the small E-Cats is well developed and basically ready to go. Certification has not been obtained however, and still not guaranteed.