A reader on the Journal of Nuclear Physics (Keith Thomson) posted a comment which brought up a question that I am sure will be on the minds of anyone considering using the E-Cat as an energy source: how safe is it? He stated that the E-Cat needs to be shown to be safe in all situations: “You need to show that the Ecat is safe before operation, during operation and after operation, safe to transport before and after use, safe during maintenance, safe to dispose, safe under as many circumstances as possible.”
Here is Andrea Rossi’s response:
December 20, 2018 at 2:23 PM
You raised good points.
Obviously safety is necessary.
We have always in operation detectors of ionizing radiations and neutrons when we have Ecats turned on. This has been so since we started our experiments with the Ecat 11 years ago. Prof Sergio Focardi has been hired by us as a consultant specifically for this issue.
We also had plenty of measurements of radiation made by specialists from universities and independent laboratories.
Never has been found ionizing radiation emitted from the Ecats toward the environment beyond the values of the background of the site.
All our Ecats are supplied with ionizing radiations and neutrons detectors.
1- we do not use radioactive materials
2- we do not produce radioactive materials
During the test of the 1 MW plant in Doral, Florida, in the year 2016 the specialists sent from the State of Florida to check the radiations found no radiations or neutron emission beyond the background and allowed us to proceed with our test without problems.
About the profitability, the reliability and stability of the Ecats, the risks are all upon me, because the Clients will pay only the energy that the Ecat will generate. Our Clients must have a back up system that guarantees absence of damns in case of Ecats malfunctions, that during the initial period of our service must be expected, being a new technology.
He added in another comment:
Forgot to say: for industrial applications we have been granted the safety certification of the Ecat from Bureau Veritas and from CGS. [I think this is a typo, should be SGS]
I am sure that if businesses start to consider that the E-Cat really is a revolutionary energy source that can be used for practical purposes, and at a cheaper price than what they are already using, they will carefully consider the safety implications, and Leonardo Corporation will have to provide the assurances that they need that they are safe to use. Rossi here states that E-Cats come with radiation and neutron detectors, and businesses will also of course be able to use their own detection equipment to monitor for harmful emissions.
There is some new information here: Rossi here reports that during the 1-year E-Cat test in Doral that officials from the state of Florida came to check for radiation, and finding none, allowed him to continue the test.