I was most interested to learn that Andrea Rossi is working on a battery-powered QuarkX reactor, and that he said that if possible he would use the battery-powered QuarkX “if possible” in the planned presentation of the QuarkX (if and when it happens). Personally, if Rossi can pull this off, I think this would be a most important milestone in the development of the E-Cat.
A battery-powered QuarkX would be an advantage for a number of reasons (assuming the QuarkX really works).
1. Portability. Battery input would mean that QuarkX devices could be moved around easily, and be more suitable for transportation purposes.
2. Off-grid usage. If the QuarkX needs only batteries to operate, the QuarkX would be able to be used in places where the electrical grid is unreliable or unavailable. Batteries can be charged in many ways, so this would make the QuarkX more versatile and flexible, depending on local conditions. You could also design portable products such as heaters or stoves that would not need to be plugged into a mains supply.
3. Closing the loop. There has been lots of discussion about this over the years. If the QuarkX produces (as Rossi has reported) even a small amount of electrical energy, it might be enough to be able to charge a battery which can then be used to power the QuarkX.
4. Demonstration purposes. It will be easier to verify whether the QuarkX is really producing more energy than it consumes if the input source is a battery. Maximum energy capacity of a given battery is usually a known quantity, and therefore one side of the energy balance should (power in) reasonably simple to calculate. If the QuarkX really can produce a very high COP (as suggested by the Rossi-Gullstrom paper) it should be quite obvious. If the output of the QuarkX matches only the capacity of the battery, it will then be clear it doesn’t work.
Having said all this, if you have a reliable grid connection available, a battery powered QuarkX may have no main advantages; in fact, having to mess with batteries (replacing, recharging, etc.) would likely be an inconvenience to be avoided. But I think a battery option would be a definite advantage in some circumstances, and I do hope that Rossi is successful with this project. The last comment from the JONP on the subject was:
April 23, 2017 at 2:23 PM
In very good progress with the battery fueled system. I am very glad how things are going on in our R&D center of Miami.