As we wait for the results of the 1MW plant test to be reported, Andrea Rossi is apparently working hard on the E-Cat X, and today announced a very ambitious and near-term goal. Here’s a Q&A from the Journal of Nuclear Physics today:
March 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM
Dr Andrea Rossi:
When do you hope to have the new E-Cat quarkX in operation for a customer ?
March 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM
We are working very hard on the prototypes and I really hope to put in operation the first series of E-Cat quarkX in the factory of a Customer by April. We are working very hard on it in the laboratory of Leonardo Corporation. Today we mae another step forward.
Just to recap: the E-Cat quarkX refers to the small (100 W) E-Cat X reactors which Rossi says can be combined together to make E-Cat plants of any size. So when he says “series of E-Cat quarkX” he means a reactor or plant made up of these small modules.
So it sounds like Rossi is not wasting time waiting for the ERV report to be published before he embarks on a new commercial enterprise. I hope it will not require another year or more waiting to find out how this new version of the E-Cat performs.
UPDATE (March 15, 2016)
I followed up with some questions and AR provided answers:
March 15, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Regarding your plans for putting an E-Cat X Quark system at a customer site by April:
1. Do you have a customer who has agreed to use it? AR: Yes
2. Do you have a system already built that could be provided? AR: it is in preparation
3. Will this system require a year-long trial period like with the 1MW plant? AR: no
4. If 3. is no, how long of a trial period would be needed? AR: within 2016
5. Would it be possible for selected visitors to see the E-Cat X Quark working in the next few months? AR: yes