A little status update from Andrea Rossi was posted on the Journal of Nuclear Physics yesterday, in response to a question about what problems they have resolved with the QuarkX over the last six months.
November 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM
Thank you for your comment.
We had many problems to resolve:
– start and stop the reaction in seconds: done
– harness the overheating caused by the very high temperature: done
– producing direct current: done, even if its use remains confined inside the reactor increasing the heat
– producing a high COP: done
– make it in a way to consent an easy passage to the industrialization in big series: done
– make a very long and uninterrupted operation to collect Sigma5: on course in one of our labs
– make sophisticated measurements: on course
So from what Rossi reports, things seem to be going very well in the R&D phase. Starting and stopping the E-Cat reaction in seconds is an important feature, which apparently was not always possible with the E-Cat. Now, according to Rossi here, the QuarkX is not being optimized for direct electrical production. He had said previously that you can adjust the ratio of electricity to heat production, but they have made a decision to optimize heat output, which Rossi says is the most economic way to produce electricity for now (via steam turbines).
Of course there’s no confirmation here, so we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out before getting too excited. Hopefully Rossi will follow through on his plans on having a presentation of the QuarX next year and we can get a much more concrete picture of what’s going on.
Here’s another interesting exchange from the JONP:
November 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
I have the sensation that the QuarkX results are “too good to be true” and for this reason you are so conservative before introducing it. Am I correct?
November 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM
You are correct.