There have been a few interesting questions and responses from Andrea Rossi today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics today on topics that have been discussed here recently.
On Stirling Engines:
Q: Have you considered the application of stirling engines for smaller, domestic (in the 1 kw range), Micro CHP (combined heat and power) applications? Several stirling engine Micro CHP devices exist on the market already usually with nat. gas boilers. such as this one: http://tinyurl.com/pavwjl4 or this one: http://tinyurl.com/qeg4eme
A: Yes, this is one line of our R&D
On the Customer allowing scientists and news representatives to examine the plant:
Q: Has the customer of the industrial plant that is currently undergoing testing agreed to inspections by outside sources (news representatives, scientists etc.) once the test is completed?
A: The customer that has installed the 1MW E-Cat in his factory is not a R&D laboratory, is a factory that makes an industrial activity. I have not idea what they will do inside their factory after the end of the contractual test on course, but for obvious reasons I would not be surprised if the access to their factory will be limited to the persons involved in their activity. Anyway, this is an issue doesn’t depend on me.
Let me add also that being for sale in the market the E-Cats, it will not be necessary to inspect the E-Cat of others, since anybody can buy one and use it.
On the current performance of the plant:
Q: By my calculations, you must be around the half-way point in your E-Cat plant test. Is the E-Cat more tame than she was near the beginning? Is your anxiety decreasing at all after all this time?
A: As a metter of fact, we are not yet halfway.
Yes, the situation has improved substantially since when we started, anxiety stable too.
Thank you for your simpathy
Q: With current progress on the plant seemingly going well, how does this make you feel?
A: Troubles have always a tomorrow, and ” tomorrow never dies” ( Bond, James Bond)
The question about allowing visits once the testing is complete is an interesting one. We don’t know who the customer is, but presumably they are a commercial operation in a competitive market. If you had an energy plant that was allowing you to get considerable advantage over competitors in your industry through substantial energy savings, would you want to publicize that fact? Would you want news organizations, scientists, skeptics, etc. walking through your plant, or lurking around your premises? Or might you prefer to stay quiet and enjoy your peace and quiet, while reaping the benefits of cheap energy?
On the other hand, if you were an an organization who would want to showcase technological and environmental progress — and get a lot of free publicity in the process, you might encourage the publicity. Certainly, if they wanted to, I think they could get all the publicity they wanted.
I don’t know the answer — I’m just trying to put myself in the shoes of this company.
When Rossi says that it will not be necessary to inspect the plant, because anyone will able to buy a plant and use it, that implies that E-Cat plants will be readily available on the market, with all the performance guarantees that come with industrial equipment. If mass production happens, and the units work as advertised, the speculations and doubts will be over, and we’ll move into a new phase of the E-Cat story.
UPDATE: I asked Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics how potential customers would be able to get verified information about E-Cat products (if they were not able to inspect a working plant). He replied:
The E-Cat will be sold upon contracts that will contain all the necessary guerantees. Who will trust our capacity to fulfill the guarantees will buy the E-Cats, who will not trust will not buy them. That’s it.
We already have a huge portfolio of “pioneers” from all the world ready to buy the E-Cats based on our guarantees. After this first wave of “pioneers” automatically references will be around. Like always happens with new technologies. But remember: maybe nothing will happen of all this, if the final results of the tests on course will be negative, as they might be.