Those following the story of the QuarkX, Andrea Rossi’s latest version of the E-Cat, will remember that at one point he said they had been able to produce electricity directly from the device, but it was in relatively small amounts in comparison to the heat generated. More recently he has said that he considered the best way to generate electricity from the QuarkX was in the traditional manner, i.e. using the heat of the QuarkX to create steam to drive turbines.
Today, however, he has added some more information which suggests some new progress. Here are some Q&As from the Journal of Nuclear Physics:
March 15, 2017 at 9:20 PM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
Are you still working also on the direct production of electricity from the Rossi Effect?
Thank you if you can answer,
March 16, 2017 at 8:11 AM
Yes, with very interesting results with a new configuration.
March 16, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Your answer to Tom Berroa makes us obviously very curious. Until before you said that you would further develope the QuarkX for heat production, because that was the most efficient way to employ its energy production.
Do you now see the new development of direct electricity production as a feasible direction again?
Thank you and kind regards, Gerard.
March 16, 2017 at 4:27 PM
Yes, due to the use of graphene, that we are working upon.
Rossi and his team seem to be moving in ever new directions with the QuarkX, which he seems to consider superior in many ways to the original E-Cat. Rossi has reported that he is able to achieve temperatures well above 1000 degrees C with the QuarX, and has said that so far none of the reactors (some of which he says have been in use for about a year now) have been recharged with fuel. Rossi has not provided many specific details of the COP for the QuarkX, except when he provided an internal test report last year which showed a COP of around 200.
If all he has reported regarding the heat alone can be confirmed, it would make the QuarkX an exceptional invention. Adding a stable, useable means of generating electricity directly from the QuarkX would make it even more remarkable. Graphene is often reported as being the material of the future, with its exceptional conductive properties, so it is interesting to see that Rossi is exploring it in connection with the QuarkX.
However, we still await the QuarkX’s official introduction and verified measurements, and I suppose we should not get too excited about it until that time.
UPDATE: (March 17, 2017)
I asked Andrea Rossi on the JONP whether they were using graphene to generate electricity via thermo-electric means, and this was his reply:
March 17, 2017 at 8:08 AM
Not exactly: we are using the high conductivity properties of graphene to recover the electricity produced directly inside the QuarkX. It is an experimental phase. Now we know and have measured the electricity produced by the QuarkX and we are experimenting how to harness it efficiently.