Andrea Rossi was asked by a reader of the Journal of Nuclear Physics when we might be able to see his the E-Cat X used by the general public, taking into account the likely regulatory restrictions that will be imposed.
I hope 2 years. But, while tech depends on us, regulations and certifications don’t. Applications managed by a public service could be easier to certify, though, since the operation would be controlled by certified professionals. Therefore the “dream” could be eased.
So here we see a possible tactic revealed by Rossi: get a public service on you side to manage the implementation of E-Cat X technology, and you might have an easier time with certification, and be able to ease in the technology. In the ‘dream’ Rossi wrote about yesterday, he saw a network of E-Cats being used for street lighting, and conduits carrying heat and electricity to residences. This setup would necessarily have to involve a local government and/or a public utility to implement and coordinate the deployment of this technology.
How easy would it be to find a ‘friendly’ local government to get involved in such a project? I would guess it might not too hard to find some municipalities that want to stand out and show that they are technologically and environmentally advanced, and willing to break new ground with LENR technology, when it is ready for the marketplace. But even in that case I don’t know how difficult regulatory approval might be. With an unknown technology like this there will certainly be concerns over safety and durability, and a track record will likely need to be demonstrated before any governmental body will feel comfortable proposing the E-Cat be used widely for residential purposes.
On a related topic, I know there are many people (including me) who hope that the E-Cat X would be suitable for off-grid living, and I asked Rossi a question about this. Here is my question and response:
I hope that your vision might be adjustable to meet the needs of rural dwellers. One critically important aspect of the E-Cat, in my opinion, is that it could make possible affordable energy production for people who live in remote areas of the world where an existing energy infrastructure is not already well developed.
January 1st, 2016 at 4:31 PM
I think that in remote areas there are other technologies more fit.
So this makes it sound like in Rossi’s mind, the E-Cat X would not be suitable for providing electricity in remote places where the grid does not exist. I think he still considers a reliable source of electricity (grid-supplied) to be necessary for the safe operation of the E-Cat.
However, I’m not sure that we should be limited by the imagination of the inventor when we think of possible applications and implementation of the E-Cat. It seems to me that if the technology works as claimed, that many creative ways could be developed to adapt it to all kinds of needs and implementations. I would not expect there to be insurmountable hurdles to getting self-looped systems to work, either. Energy storage devices like capacitors and batteries (with multiple backups) could be used to make sure that there is a reliable source of electricity to drive the E-Cats.