I was going through some old material on E-Cat World yesterday and came across a comment by Andrea Rossi that he made during the year-long 1MW E-Cat plant test in which he described the measurement system that was in place for the test. There’s been quite a bit of discussion about how measurements were taken on the E-Cat plant during the test, and since we haven’t seen the ERV report there’s quite a bit of speculation on the topic.
The following post by Rossi was made on April 3, 2015 — about 2 1/2 months into the test.
April 3rd, 2015 at 7:44 PM
The measurement system of the 1 MW E-Cat is made by:
56 thermocouples to measure the temperature of the water steam in different positions
56 thermocouples to measure the temperature of the liquid water that flows toward the reactors in different positions
1 PCE 830 to measure the consumption of electric power, which has been installed between the container of the reactors and the electric power source of the Customer’s Factory, plus
the Wattmeter of the Customer’s factory installed by the electric energy provider
56 pressure gauges to measure the pressure of the steam in different positions
All the data are taken by the certified registration system made by the referee, who has placed the certified gauges to calculate the COP, and collected in his computer. All the referee’s gauges are certified and sealed.
Besides all this, there is the master Gauge, which is the manufacturing plant of the Customer, which needs 1 MWh/h of thermal energy carried by steam: if they receive this energy they pay for the plant, provided we give the granted COP, otherwise they do not pay. They measure with their instrumentation the amount and quality of the steam, but most of everything, they check the amount and the quality of their production and compare their costs using the E-Cat VS their costs with the traditional heaters. Their plant is the universal gauge and is, under a commercial point of view, the only one that really counts. So far the Customer is satisfied. Nevertheless, I have to add that it is soon to assume final considerations and we are aware of the fact that within the end of the year the results could be positive, but also negative.
The 1 year test officially started around February 19, 2015, and according to all we have learned, and photos we have seen the plant consisted of four 250 kW reactors. With that in mind, it’s interesting that Rossi mentions 56 thermocouples for water temperature measurement, 56 thermocouples for steam, and 56 steam pressure gauges, which seems a lot. We should remember that the plant as originally designed had many more reactors, but for some reason those reactors were replaced by the four new ones. Maybe those gauges were in place with the original setup, and were retained. I’m not sure.
It’s interesting that Rossi mentions here that the customer was able to check the amount and pressure of the steam. This would not be part of the ERV report, since the ERV did not apparently measure anything inside the customer’s facility — but that data would be very interesting to see, and perhaps it may come out in the court case (if the case goes to trial).