There were some comments poste yesterday by Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics regarding a goal of his to use the E-Cat SKL to assist with the production of hydrogen.
Here are some of his statements:
January 6, 2021 at 9:18 AM
Will the Ecat be able to supply energy to the hydrogen production plants ? If yes, the hydrogen economy could be enormously accelerated.
January 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Yes: that is, I think, one of the main targest we have to focus on.
January 6, 2021 at 3:57 PM
There is a strong pressing in the world toward the use of hydrogen as a universal fuel. The Ecat could allow the electrilysis of water at an extremely low price. This is why it is important as a target.
January 6, 2021 at 5:27 PM
There is a strong and world shared pressing on the extended use of hydrogen. I think to give to this powerful wave a tool that can resolve a big problem can help strategically the eventual development . I did not say this is the sole target. I think this is a strategically important target. Not necessary, but important. th
Hydrogen fuel cells are seen as one of the chief ways that energy can be produced without carbon emissions, but the problem is that production of hydrogen itself is often carbon-free, as natural gas is a common source of hydrogen. If, as Rossi asserts above, that the E-Cat can be used to produce hydrogen extremely cheaply (via elctrolysis) then it would seem to be a natural solution to this problem.
Of course, there is the question of why use the E-Cat to make hydrogen to make electricity, when the E-Cat makes electricity by itself? Maybe the rationale is that hydrogen fuel cells are already mature technology, approved for use in transportation, while the E-Cat is brand new technology and it would take time and effort to get it approved to be an on-board electricity source for vehicles.
Also, the phrase he uses – “A powerful ally is better that a powerful rival” – could mean that Rossi already has a deal with a partner who produces hydrogen, and this is part of his commercial strategy.