The following post is the first communication from “ECWreporter”, an individual who has agreed to be an on-site correspondent for E-Cat World at the presentation of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat QX reactor that will take place on Friday, November 24th. We will be getting further reports from him as the presentation unfolds.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30, Friday November 24, 2017, the first public demonstration of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat QX heat generator will begin in a location in Sweden. Although on-site attendance is only open for specially invited guests, the event is still titled public as all information presented can be freely distributed and the whole session will be globally video streamed with a few hours delay via Leonardo Corporation’s Ecat.com website.
This demonstration could even mark a historic day in science according to some enthusiastic supporters of the E-Cat and Andrea Rossi. Other followers of this intriguing, more than twenty-years long hunt for a first efficient heat generator based on LENR/Cold Fusion carry lower expectations. And then there is the more limited, but still noticeable group of plain skeptics who see no reason to take seriously any claims from Andrea Rossi. Lastly, the very large worldwide public (probably >99.99%) who until today have never heard of LENR/Cold Fusion or E-Cat as a possible way towards massive generation of low cost, fossil free energy.
One key question now stands out: after November 24, will there occur any significant shift of attitudes within these groups? In other words, will the specially invited audience and viewers of the public video stream around the world generally judge the first public demonstration of E-Cat QX heat generator to be more of a success than a failure? We naturally all hope to have an initial answer to this question perhaps even some time during the demonstration, or at least just afterwards.
Where to find more background information?
If you have chosen to read this post you are likely to already have some knowledge of the terms LENR/Cold Fusion and E-Cat with its inventor Andrea Rossi. If you lack the basics or need more detail, the links provided here should be of some value.
LENR research papers
What is the E-Cat?
- The book An impossible Innovation
- Explanation on E-Cat QX scientific theory
Who is Andrea Rossi?
ECW reporting from demonstration
As one of those few persons invited to this event, I was recently asked by E-Cat World for assistance with onsite reporting from this event. Being a keen follower of E-Cat coverage at ECW since April 2011 I easily accepted, obviously quite honored to be asked. The reporting is the least I can do to show respect for all very important and successful work done at ECW.
Still, at this time being completely unknown to E-Cat World readers, I have decided to stay anonymous and leave my reporting to be published under the name of ECWreporter. A completely objective view of what really takes place at the demonstration hopefully will be secured by combining my reporting with the reporting of several independent observers, along with photographic and video documentation.
What is already known about E-Cat QX?
During the last year Andrea Rossi on several occasions has released carefully selected information from his R&D work with the QX heat generator. Below are some statements recently compiled from his blog and his latest scientific publication:
- QX (earlier named by Rossi “Quark X”) is a very small cylinder shaped plasma reactor generating large amounts of excess heat (0-100%), light (0-50%)and electricity (0-10%).
- QX data- length 10mm-diameter 5mm- default output power 20W
- An activated QX contains a plasma between two LiAlH4 charged nickel rods
- QX plasma is charge neutral (Van de Graaff behaviour) , with voltage drop like an electrical conductor made by silver (Ag)
- QX plasma default temperature – >2300 Celsius
- QX reactor default input power – 0.01W (0.1V DC-0.1A)
- QX power default power density – 30W/cm-3
- Large output power can be obtained with combining many QX in a stack
- 1 MW power of QX stack fits within 1 cubic meter (excl. heat exchanger)
- QX modules will be reloaded in factory exchange system
- Work on QX is now moving towards phase of industrialization with assistance of Hydrofusion and unknown partner(s) .
- QX will be mass manufactured by ABB robots. First factories will be placed in USA and Sweden.
- Market introduction only after full economy of scale production is ready
- On Nov 11 2017 the one year reliabilty test of QX reached Sigma 5 wich according Rossi secures following performance properties:
– COP is higher that 50 (>20000 calculated from latest experiement)
– Tested QX supplied 20W heat power continuously in a year
– QX functions totally at least one year (8760 hours) on one charge
– QX charge will last 10 years with 10% intermittent use
– QX units are possible to control
– No harmful radiation is present
– No risk for run away or melt down
- R&D is started to adapt QX based heater to Stirling engine within a year
- Universal mobile QX engine is in plans
What is already published about the demonstration ?
During the last weeks some limited information has already been already revealed on Rossi blog .
- From Rossi’s blog November 9 2017: “The purpose of the demo is to show an E-Cat QX in operation”
- Demonstration will begin at 9:30 AM at the local time of the test location on November 24, 2017.
- Globally published video streaming from Leonardo Corporation’s ecat.com at 12:00 PM Miami time
- Not yet published
- Attendees require personal invitations from Leonardo Corporation
- A List of attendes will not be published, but those who attend will be free to talk about the demo if they wish
- No NDA will be signed by attendees
- About 70 individuals
- Personal ID check at entrance of demonstration room
- Mats Lewan
- Hydrofusion management
- Professors and professionals from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa.
- Presence from Fortune top 100 company
- Scientific press representative
- More than one Nobel Laureate is invited
- Test protocol presented at the beginning of the QX test
- Demonstration of QX generator heating water (<100 Celsius) and measuring output heat power from both water calorimetry and radiation spectrometry
- Latest status of theoretical research on Rossi LENR effect
- A few QX units (3 pcs ?) in parallel connected to one controller
- QX units are running at 30% of default heat power
- Hardware and procedure for output heat calculation from water calorimetry and radiation spectrometry
- Special procedure for measuring input power due to R&D protection
- Video streaming will take place from ecat.com at 12:00 PM Miami time
- Eye witness reports are expected from Ecatworld , Mats Lewan , Alan Smith and possibly some other attendees
Varying expectations and hopes
The expectations and hopes for what will take place at this demonstration varies a lot depending on who you are.
First you have the expectations of Andrea Rossi and all with interest associated with Leonardo Corporation . It would be natural to assume that with the simple decision to arrange this public event, Rossi and his colleagues firmly expect to fulfill the main purpose already stated, which is a successful first ever demo of a LENR powered energy generator, the E-Cat QX.
Success will then mean that the QX working as intended, in a controllable way, is able to generate an output heat power many times (>50?) more than the amount of electrical input power. A successful demonstration would also mean there is a positive change of attitude and increased interest in favor of his LENR technology, especially within the scientific and industrial communities.
It should be noted still that, in spite of all criticism of limited openness during previous tests, Rossi several times stated that protecting the IP of the QX until mass production starts is the most important for him. Also this time he has confirmed that the test will not reveal details that could assist his competitors in getting closer to copying his IP.
Outside the group of Leonardo Corporation and associates, the only ones that already have the direct knowledge of the E-Cat’s workings, there are clearly a varying levels of expectations or perhaps more often hopes. From following ECW and other online discussions the last months. you notice a wide variation of hopes for what should be confirmed at the demonstration.
Among the really dedicated E-Cat supporters, many expect that now at last the world will be demonstrated a functioning new revolutionary LENR energy source and as far as they are concerned then there is a Nobel Prize secured and waiting. On the other side, the limited hard core of E-Cat skeptics expect seem to expect the opposite, a clear failure, and the several years of scamming by Rossi will be finally proven.
Beyond these extremes, the large majority of interested followers express different hopes due to their varying backgrounds and interests. A significant group of technically and scientifically interested persons, also including the more limited number of already involved in LENR research and replication efforts, in general express a strong hope that finally, for the first time, someone will publicly demonstrate a significant factor of excess heat coming from LENR-based reactions. This is something that has already been claimed several times and also published from a range of closed door experiments, both by Rossi and other experimenters. In addition, many also hope that some new details on the QX design and the underlying process will be revealed, allowing other replication efforts of LENR heat generation to be further facilitated.
Will the test procedures be transparent enough?
From reading several months of public post discussing the approaching demo the issue of transparency of the test procedures comes up as a major concern. The focus is specially on how the QX generator input power will be verified during the test. In the last published experiment authored by Rossi and Karl-Oscar Gullstrom, the input power was calculated from a voltage measurement ( 0.1 V DC ) over 1 Ohm resistor in series with QX generator. Assuming that the plasma characteristics of the QX behaves like a current generator with no voltage drop, neutrally charged similar to a Van de Graaff generator, the input power P was calculated as P=0.1 V x 0.1 V/1 Ohm = 0.01 W. The output power, measured booth with calorimetry and heat radiation spectrometry, showed a value of minimum 20W.
From these measurements it may be concluded that QX is capable of generating heat power at least 2000 times higher than the electrical input power. A reliable confirmation of such a value of COP , or even only a tenth of it, would be regarded as remarkable by all. After this publication by Rossi and Gullstrom, most of the critical comments pointed out that a specific measurement proving the assumption of QX being an ideal electrical conductor was lacking. Then the obvious way suggested by several individuals was to add a direct RMS measurement of the controller output. Also there were suggestions to add an oscilloscope for real time visualization of the generator current to exclude any additional HF power feeding the generator. Then again the old discussion of how to exclude the risk for any hidden wires or RF signals was also brought up.
Now the important question put by many already, and to be answered tomorrow, is whether the measuring protocols that Rossi will present at the beginning of the test this time will be made transparent enough to convince most reasonable observers that the E-Cat is all that Rossi claims. As also well formulated at ECW forum by Dr Mike , “will Rossi make a measurement of the device input power in a manner that is deemed accurate by the audience observing the test? ” As mentioned, already Rossi stated that the QX heat generator is still in the protected R&D phase and there are definitely restrictions on what can be publicly demonstrated at this stage without violating the IP rights belonging to the E-Cat /QX innovation.
So back to the question for tomorrow, did Rossi after listening to critical voices made any significant changes in the new test setup compared to last time? Many would probably be quite negatively surprised if Rossi kept the procedures unmodified. With all the work and prestige now put into this one time occasion, I personally feel quite hopeful that we will witness a more transparent test; however, still with the core secrets still hidden the eyes of the watching competitors. But will the transparency be enough this time? And will the jury of interested observers at the event and around the world will be ready with a positive verdict directly after the demonstration?
And then of course the story does not end with this test. In case of the obviously very nice situation of a positively convinced audience their interest is expected to immediately shift towards seeking answers on a range of other relevant questions. Many of them will be related to QX engineering and marketing issues from which several already also were brought to attention by Dr Mike .
November 24 2017 promises to become a very interesting day!