UPDATE #2 (Aug. 18 2015) The question and answer from the Journal of Nuclear Physics below is the strongest indication yet of the kind of machine the E-Cat X is:
August 18th, 2015 at 1:54 PM
Dear Andrea Rossi:
Will be possible within one year to buy an E-Cat to heat a house and turn on the lights ?
All for you, you for all!
August 18th, 2015 at 5:25 PM
I hope yes. The E-Cat X promises well. I hope future will come soon enough, while we work for it.
At this point I would not set a huge amount of hope on seeing E-Cat X reactors in the stores next year, since there are are probably all kinds of steps to complete to go from a prototype to a final product, but this response by Andrea Rossi gives a clear sign that the E-Cat X is designed to be a domestic power product that can provide heat and electricity for homes.
Early Sunday Morning, Andrea Rossi reports that he restarted a rebuilt Hot Cat (high temperature E-Cat reactor) that he is calling “M.me Curie”. The first iteration of this new design was started last week, and apparently performed quite well, but broke after 10 hours of operation. Ross seems quite excited about the new version of this design. This is what he writes today:
About the direct production, I have news related to the new Hot Cat, named “M.me Curie”. I am working with it, it is a real revolution. Is important. Works very strongly and I am very optimist. Now we must test its duration. The performance is very interesting. I want to be clear: it is soon to give data, it could have problems, but what I am seeing now is very, very, very good. It could be the leader for the very massive production. We will go directly from our tests to the market. If goes on what I am seeing now, in October will be tried the safety certification. I am like a coach of tennis that looks at a kid 4 years old playing and says: ” this is the future Federer”. Big , big hope. The result of an enormous R&D, working 16 hours per day.
I’m not exactly sure why Rossi is so excited about this version of the Hot Cat, and how it differs from previous versions, but there has to be something about its performance that has been very impressive. We might get some more details as testing continues. UPDATE: Some more information coming from Andrea Rossi on the Hot Cat improvements. I asked Rossi some questions, and got some answers:
Compared to previous Hot Cat versions, does it have:
1. Higher temperatures AR: Yes
2. Longer periods of self-sustain AR: Yes
3. Higher COP AR: Yes
4. Better power density AR: Yes
5. Something else AR: Yes
Paul Asked: “Did you change the reactant mix from the last run to optimize direct electric production?” AR: Yes
This is very interesting — especially the part about optimizing the mix for direct electricity production. Since Rossi is hoping to find a way to generate electricity directly in the domestic E-Cat without using steam turbines.
UPDATE: (Aug 10, 2015)
Some concerns have been raised here about the chance that a new breakthrough will put on hold the current testing and plans for commercialization of the low temperature E-Cat technology being used in the 1MW plant currently under test. I asked Rossi about this just this morning:
Would a significant technological breakthrough with the Hot Cat, like the one you have described (F9) mean that your low temperature technology you are using with the 1 MW plant would be obsolete?
Would your plans to commercialize with your low temperature E-Cats be put on hold or stopped if this Hot Cat breakthrough is confirmed?
Absolutely not: the low temperature E-Cats have a totally different kind of employment that with the Hot Cat should not be possible.
The new Hot Cat will affect the domestic and totaly different kinds of application, while they are not idoneous for industrial applications or centralized heat distribution, which is the market sector of the 1MW low temp E-Cat.