A comment by Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics outlines the schedule of a new round of testing that is planned for the upcoming weeks:
August 9, 2019 at 10:53 PM
Working with the Ecat SK Leonardo. Preparing the very important tests that will start on August 22 and will end at the beginning of October: after that phase we will know if the permanent SSM revolution will succeed or not. The work is hard and difficult, the matter very complex, but I am working with the best possible Team in this matter in the whole world.
I am optimist, but this is a fight.
A very hard fight.
To me, Andrea does not sound particularly confident here about achieving ‘permanent self-sustained mechanism’ with the E-Cat SK. It seems like getting a sufficient amount of direct electricity production from the SK plasma, enough to charge a battery is proving to be quite a challenge.
And I am not sure how urgent a problem this is to solve if the E-Cat SK works well. It would seem that if it actually can run from a battery, it would be simpler to have the battery charged in a conventional manner, not necessarily charged by the E-Cat itself. It would be elegant and impressive if the E-Cat could be completely stand-alone, but not necessary from a commercial point of view.