Andrea Rossi has mentioned often his work on getting direct electricity production from the E-Cat SK plasma, but according to a new comment on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, he is also continuing to develop the heat-only E-Cat SK, and has an ambitious goal here too.
In response to a question by JPR about self-sustain mode, Ross wrote this:
July 18, 2019 at 9:03 AM
Jean Paul Renoir:
To make the Ecat in permanent self sustaining mode, without external power source, to make heat the probability is high. We are very, very close. Then also a Carnot cycle becomes an ssm system to make electricity.
To make the same producing electricity directly from the plasma in a quantity enough to yield substantial electricity for sale or other uses, much work more has to be done.
The first mode is easier, due to the fact that the Ecat SK has a very low consume of electricity.
I followed up with some questions about what ‘permanent self-sustain mode’ actually meant:
July 18, 2019 at 7:32 PM
Interesting that you say a permanently self-sustaining heat-producing E-Cat is very close. Can you help me understand what exactly you mean?
1. Will you need an external power source to start the E-Cat reaction?
2. Will the control system need to be connected to an external power source continuously?
3. Do you need to have access to grid electricity for this?
July 18, 2019 at 8:44 PM
But be careful: ” very close ” does not mean ” done ” ( so far ).
I really don’t grasp what such a system would look like. Permanent self-sustain implies that it is always on, and powering itself somehow. Of course it would be a remarkable achievement, but he says it is non done yet, and maybe his description of ‘very close’ is overly optimistic.
Some more comments from Andrea Rossi clarify the power source for the E-Cat: rechargeable batteries:
July 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM
If successful, would the permanent-SSM E-Cat employ an internal rechargeable battery?
July 19, 2019 at 1:44 PM
Yes, to start the process.
I am using presently Bonai rechargeable batteries.
July 19, 2019 at 1:55 PM
obviously the rechargeable batteries are recharged by the Ecat.
July 19, 2019 at 1:04 PM
You recently stated that a permanently self-sustaining E-Cat would not need an external power source for startup.
1. Would you consider a battery or mechanical start similar to a push button start on a gas grill an external power source?
July 19, 2019 at 1:41 PM
0- warning: it is not ready yet
1- a small battery, for example AA rechargeable type, will be enough to start it