In recent weeks Andrea Rossi has started to comment quite frequently about a new goal he has for the E-Cat: to build an E-Cat powered engine within one year.
As is usual with Rossi, we get few details. Being curious, I put a question to him about this topic today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics:
October 27, 2017 at 8:20 AM
The engine you want to build within a year, would it be for cars, trucks, trains, boats, planes, or something else (if so, what)?
October 27, 2017 at 8:38 AM
We are thinking to an engine that could be duly adapted to all the cathegories you cited, like the gas engines universally diffused.
This sounds extremely ambitious. For many years Rossi has stated that it would take decades to get the E-Cat approved for working for automobiles, and seemed to be concentrating on making heat for industrial processes. Now his goals sound different — perhaps the change in thinking is influenced by the new partner he says he is now working with — perhaps the partner is involved in making engines.
Rossi did provide one small detail on how the the engine might work today:
October 26, 2017 at 10:45 PM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
I suppose in a gas turbine the sole area where the E-Cat can be inserted is after the compressor, correct?
October 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM
Yes, where are the burners.
In the last interview I did with Rossi he said that the temperature of the new E-Cat QX reactor reaches is the same as burners in gas turbines, so it sounds like he is thinking along the lines of replacing fuel combustion with E-Cat reactors. I would guess that there would be big engineering issues involved in pulling this all together, but if you have a heat source that produces the temperatures that Rossi claims, using tiny amounts of input energy and barely any fuel, then it would seem to be a challenge worth pursuing.