It’s been a few days since the Stockholm E-Cat QX demonstration, and lots of thoughts have been shared about it. I haven’t said too much myself having been busy behind the scenes of the site, trying to make sure that everything has been running okay.
Speaking for myself, I have found the whole event very interesting. I will agree with people who say that nothing was proven unequivocally in this demonstration. To expect a demo like this to provide final proof would have been a very high bar to set, as clearly a demonstration that is controlled by an inventor is not an environment where rigorous scientific experimentation can be done to come to a final conclusions. And Mats explained this clearly to the audience.
Personally, I found what was shown in the calorimetry demonstration, based on the measurements taken and reported, quite convincing. It was a simple setup, and I think the chances of Andrea Rossi having a hidden heat source in the apparatus unlikely. Mats has the pump, and maybe at some point he will be able to tell us if he found anything incorporated in it that could have acted as a heater.
As I have learned over the years, when it comes to the E-Cat and Andrea Rossi, and LENR in general, there is a wide range of perspectives and personal opinions. I have mine, and others have theirs, and in the final analysis people make up their own minds on the subject, until we have LENR products, or at least experimental devicese, that we can test for ourselves.
Andrea Rossi gave us a good understanding of the problems he has to deal with before he can commercialize the E-Cat. His first priority seems to be miniaturizing the control system, which he says currently is prone to overheating without an active cooling system, which currently consumes a good deal of power. We don’t know much about the control system, but perhaps more than we knew before the Stockholm demo, and it seems to be absolutely critical to the operation of the QX. Only after he has the controller sorted out will he be able to move into production planning, and this sounds like it could be a fairly long-term project. My guess at this point is many months of work lie ahead on dealing with the controller. Rossi has said he is hiring people to help him in this effort, which is good to hear.
So overall, my takeway from all this, is that Andrea Rossi has got the E-Cat working well. He has problems to solve with the control system. I also think he is still highly concerned about competition. There was perhaps more information given away during this test than he would have liked, especially with the audience able to read the traces on the oscilloscope. But this system does seem to be very complex, a far cry from the early E-Cats and Hot Cats, which many replicators have been focusing on. It would be difficult to try and reverse engineer the QX system on a low budget.
As far as E-Cat World goes, we’ll keep following the story where it leads. Hopefully e-catworld.com will be back to normal before too long.
I will add here, since I now have permission to discuss it, that I have personally witnessed a demonstration of an earlier E-Cat. Earlier this year, I was invited by Andrea Rossi to see an earlier version of what apears to have become the E-Cat QX. From memory, I am sure that the device I saw in action is the one pictured on the left side of this photograph published in the Gullstrom/Rossi article published in July 2017.
The testing I observed that day gave results very similar to those reported in the first version of the Rossi/Gullstroem paper in which temperature was measured via spectrometry, and output power was calculated using the Wein and Boltzmann equations , and input was measured as it was in the recent demonstration, taking voltage readings over a 1 Ohm resistor. These are the results reported in that article.
Input: 0.105 V of direct current over a 1 Ohm resistance.
Energy output: The wavelength of the radiations from the reactor was mea-sured with a spectrometer ( Stellar Net spectrometer 350-1150 nm ) and wasintegrated with the value of 1100 nm ( 1.1 microns ).The temperature of the surface of the reactor ( a perfect black body ) wascalculated with Wien’s equation: 2900/λ(micron) = 2900/1.1 = 2636 KAs per Boltzmann’s equation, the effect is:W=σ××T4×AA = 1.0cm2= 0.9By substitution:W= 5,67×1012×0.9×4.8×1013= 244.9
The E-Cat I saw was ‘naked’ during operation, meaning it was not enclosed within any heat exchanger, and it could be viewed during operation with the naked eye. I noticed that Mats reports that has seen something similar, however in my case the light of the plasma was not blueish, as Mats stated, but more of a yellowish white. It ran intermittently, as in the Stockholm demonstration. I did not time it, but I would say it was on for perhaps one second, and was off for perhaps 4-5 seconds. Andrea Rossi explained that the need for intermittency was to prevent the reactor from overheating and melting down.
There was no oscilloscope used in taking measurements in the test I observed, just voltmeters and the spectrometer. As I was under NDA at the time, I did not take photos or video, but tried to absorb as much information as I could while I was there. I did not know when the NDA would be lifted, but I asked Andrea if I could talk about what I had witnesseds following the Stockholm demonstration, and he said I was free to do so now.