This post has been submitted by Hank Mills. Note, since Hank Mills first posted this as a comment on An Impossible Invention, Andrea Rossi has denied that Johnson Matthey is the customer, saying “Your comment contains a big mistake: Johnson Matthey has nothing to do with us. We bought from them some materials but that is all. Please do not diffuse false information”.
Since Mats Lewan has acquired the power bill of the manufacturing facility that utilized the 1MW E-Cat, Let’s look at the power consumption from another perspective — that of Industrial Heat and Thomas Darden.
We will start with the figure that 20 kWh was consumed by the plant every hour and there was no other source of electrical input power. This is probably a high figure considering that other equipment used in the manufacturing process consumed at least *some* power in addition to lighting, people’s personal computers, etc.
We will now assume that zero excess heat was produced. This means that in the best case scenerio the amount of electrical power converted into heat will be less than 20kWh, because there will be losses throughout the system. We know this because the plant itself required AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT to be installed. This means thermal energy is being LOST to the environment. Also, the air conditioning used up some portion of the 20kWh.
At least point we have far less than an average of 20kWh worth of heat output being directed to the manufacturing process.
On average, we are told the manufacturing process required one megawatt of thermal power. Even if a full one megawatt was not *always* required, we know that substantially more than an average of 20kWh was needed to keep the manufacturing process operating at a particular rate. This is because the customer knew exactly how much electrical power was required to produce the thermal power. My understanding is that the plant’s thermal power was being used to maintain vats of water at a high temperature near the boiling point. Johnson Matthey* is a huge company that has produced Sponge Nickel for a very long time. There is no doubt they had used vats of the same construction before, used electricity to heat them, and knew how much power was consumed.
To be very conservative, let’s assume that there were times when far less than the average of one megawatt hour per hour (1000kWh) was required for the manufacturing process. Let’s go down to 500kWh.
To be as conservative as Donald Trump, let’s also assume that the steamy hot weather of Southern Florida, Andrea Rossi’s sometimes fiery and scorching personality, and the burning constant glare from the representatives of IH somehow helped maintain the temperature of the vats so even less thermal power was required. For this purpose, let’s drop down to 250kWh of heat being required, on average.
250kWh divided by 20kWH equals 12.5.
This means that the customer was only obtaining 1/12.5 of the thermal energy required to maintain the rate of production.
Another way of looking at the numbers is that they were achieving the desired rate of production with only 8% of the normal required thermal energy.
Now, Industrial Heat can either assume one of two things, if they steadfastly refuse to believe that any excess heat was produced:
1) Johnson Matthey* was testing out a radical new sponge nickel manufacturing process and only pretending to require thermal energy. This new process could be worth billions of dollars and be worth investing in, ASAP. In this case, we would know why they didn’t want to pay Rossi 89 million: they wanted to invest in Johnson Matthey!
2) Johnson Matthey* is in league with Rossi. This would mean something truly shocking: an established global company with a billion dollars annually in sales would willingly risk their reputation to protect a deluded crackpot of a scientist that was costing them money every single month. Instead of immediately closing the plant after a couple of months in which buying electricity from the grid would have been more cost effective, they allowed the scandalous inventor to keep supplying them with enough heat to maintain only a tiny fraction of their full production.
Either way, from the point of view of Industrial Heat, they are onto something HUGE.
Or, perhaps from the perspective of many of us who have been following this saga from the beginning, the plant did indeed produce massive excess heat, the customer’s manufacturing continued right on track near full capacity, and like Rossi has indicated they want to purchase three more plants because the E-Cat technology has SAVED THEM A FREAKING TON OF MONEY IN TERMS OF ENERGY COSTS!
Regardless who ends up being correct, this is going to be a media sensation.
What seems more logical of a scenario to you?
*Note: Since Rossi now emphatically denies that Johnson Matthey is involved, I will openly state I could be wrong about the customer of the heat being produced by his plant. According to Rossi, I am absolutely and totally wrong. However, you could use any established and reputable company in my article and the same would be true. No global company based in the UK with multiple manufacturing sites throughout Europe would allow for one of their production lines to slow to a crawl because a deluded cold fusion nut was not producing the amount of heat he said his device would produce. Regardless who is the chemical manufacturer involved, the fact they allowed the plant to remain open for a YEAR is truly STELLAR evidence the Rossi Effect works.