An article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has been published covering the recent demonstration of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat QX in Stockholm, Sweden. The author is Per Kristian Bjørkeng who attended the demonstration, and discussed what happened there with others. The title of the article is: “Unknown energy source with enormous potential?”
Here’s link to an English language version of the article. (Norwegian version is here)
A few excerpts:
Summary of the experiment:[Andrea Rossi] He receives a start signal from the controller present and starts the reactor by pressing a button. The temperature meter that shows the effect of the reactor starts to rise. Slowly, but surely, a pump passes the water past the energy generator.
In an hour, the temperature and the amount of heated water should be registered so that the energy that the experiment generates can be calculated.[…]
For an hour, the water trickles out. Aftenposten sticks a finger into the water. At least it´s warmer than it was when going in. We can see that steam condensates. Finally the water is weighed: 1 kg. The external controller, senior engineer William S Hurley, says that for every 1 watt the device used, it produced an amazing 506 watts.
The effect is so huge that if it’s real, the energy cost of such a device would be less than a tenth of today’s cheapest energy sources. We could clearly be standing ahead of an energy revolution on the level of the discovery of oil – if the measurements are not based on some error.
Plasma physicist Elisabeth Rachlew, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden: ” I’ve never seen Rossi’s work before, so I thought this was exciting to look at. It was sensational that the device was so small. Some of what he did I know a lot about, and I could see that he did things right . . . it seems likely that neutron radiation is created from the experiment. As soon as this is detected and measured, this research will have to be carried out with much stricter security measures. Therefore, I do not think that LENR could be used in small reactors that fit into cars or inside the house of people”
Physics professor Bo Höistad, Uppsala University “In order to awaken the interest of scientists, he must publish something that can be verified and repeated. There may be an unknown source of energy here, but the truth is that we do not know if that is the case”
Physics professor Dieter Röhrich, University of Bergen: “Why did not they set a meter so we could see if there was radiation from the experiment? This is trivial to set up. I do not want to say that LENR is just nonsense. I just want to point out that those who believe in it must show us an experiment, of high scientific quality, that can be verified and confirmed.”
Andrea Rossi: “I have had a public demonstration for the first time, and that it has shown that we have a device that used 0.09 watts and which produced about 20 watts.
In addition, consumption was only cyclical for three seconds at a time before it was turned off for 4 seconds – to avoid overheating. That’s basically all I want to say. The numbers are the only thing that matter.”
It’s good to see an unbiased report written, well illustrated, in a manner that non experts, unfamiliar with the subject can read. I think this is something I can send to family members who wonder what on earth I have been doing following this subject for so long!