Lots of questions have come up in recent days from readers who are surprised at the numbers of Ecat pre-orders that Andrea Rossi is reporting; at last report it was over 600,000. Yet, looking at the view count for the Ecat presentation video (https://youtu.be/Kx54nYgKfNg), we see that today the SKLep demo video has less than 3,000 views and 60 likes.
Who is ordering Ecats in such quantities?
Today on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, Andrea Rossi stated that the ‘lion’s part’ of the orders placed have come from ‘big buyers’, and subsequently he went on to say this:
January 7, 2022 at 7:21 PM
Our Customers are mostly big buyers that will resell the Ecats.
From this comment it would seem that there are some businesses are seeing selling Ecats as a business opportunity. If it works as described, it will be an attractive product for many persons. Certainly there is an initial upfront cost involved, but once the system is paid for, if the Ecat performs as Leonardo theorises (100,000 hours) you could have almost free electricity for a very long time.
Think of the solar panel industry. There are thousands of companies around the world that sell solar panels, install solar systems, and maintain and repair them. This is a model that could be followed with Ecats. Early buyers of large quantities of Ecats might be able to make deals with Leonardo to get Ecats at a discount and resell them for a profit. Or some might specialize in building Ecat power plants and sell or lease them to customers. I am sure there are many creative ways to approach Ecat business.
These are extremely early days. So far mass production has not even started, but you can be sure that there are enterprising individuals and businesses who will be looking at the Ecat product and seeing the potential for providing useful services and making money.