Rossi's e-Cat Goes Commercial
Andrea Rossi may have his doubters, detractors and skeptics, but the client for whom he demonstrated his 1MW e-Cat energy system apparently isn't one of them. Not only did the mysterious client take delivery of Rossi's first 1MW heat energy production system, but ordered a dozen more for use in cold, remote locations. That's an order worth $24 million.
While Rossi isn't at liberty to reveal who the client is -- and here speculation has run rampant -- he is not barred from talking about the results of the demonstration, witnessed by a select group of media in Bologna, Italy on October 28, 2011.
As far as the client is concerned, he/she/they are satisfied that the technology works, producing low-grade steam via a heretofore little understood physical process often identified as 'cold fusion' that somehow generates anomalous amounts of heat by combining nickel powder, hydrogen gas and a proprietary catalytic material that when heated to a critical point, goes into a self-sustaining reaction that isn't chemical in nature. Exactly what goes on at the atomic level is still a matter of debate, but Signor Rossi is confident that he knows what's happening and as soon as his patent is granted, he tells EV World, he will offer his explanation. Until then, for obvious reasons, he's keeping this knowledge to himself and a very small circle.
In the Bologna demonstration, some 50 sub-units, each measuring 20 by 20 by 15 inches and containing three e-Cat chambers each the size of an orange, ran for more than 5 hours, generating the combined equivalent of 472kW of energy per hour as measured by the amount of 110-120C steam created. While the test was originally intended to produce one megawatt, it was scaled back as a safety precaution due to concerns over gaskets that tied all the units together. Rossi says the gaskets have now been replaced and the client has taken delivery of the prototype unit, which is housed in a standard 40 foot shipping container. It will be used for building heat.
Rossi says that while he is focused on delivering the commercial 1MW units, each costing $2 million, he is taking no-obligation expressions of interest in a smaller, residential-sized unit with a target price of $500 per kilowatt.
Longer term, Rossi sees a need to improve the system so that it can produce industrial strength steam for electric power production and manufacturing processes. He clearly thinks it's entirely possible.
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EV World will continue to monitor developments in this potentially game-changing technology.
It appears from the photograph of the test unit that it is less than 40 feet in length; and likely closer to 20 feet, although Signor Rossi did not offer a correction when he reviewed the article after it was published.