Andrea Rossi hopes to bring out a home cooling and heating system powered by his e-cat low energy nuclear reaction technology next fall. Posts to Rossi’s blog indicate that this system will be a steam powered heat pump.

A heat pump is a device that pumps cooler air into the home in the summer and hot air out. It does the reverse in the winter. It should be noted that most heat pumps don’t produce enough heat to be effective heating devices in areas where temperatures regularly fall below freezing (such as all of Canada and much of the US). Rossi stated that his new heating system will be a steam powered heat pump most of the heat pumps now sold in the US are electric-powered.

• Andrea Rossi
January 3rd, 2012 at 5:22 PM
Dear Iggy Dalrymple:
We will use a heat pump.
Warm regards,
A.R.

The e-cat will use a low energy nuclear reaction to heat water to create steam to run the heat pump. This steam could be used for other purposes such as a hot-water or steam heating system. Such systems can be adapted to heat air for a forced air heating system. The device can also serve as a water heater. The e-cat will have to be connected to supplies of water and electricity to operate.

Rossi told US radio host James Martinez that this device will cost between $1,000 and $1,500 US. On his blog Rossi said it would be $1,500 (€1179 in Europe) plus 10%. He also stated that he is in negotiation with the Home Depot a chain of hardware stores in the US for distribution of the device. On his blog Rossi stated that he has no contract with the Home Depot. He is in discussion with other underwriters as well.

• Andrea Rossi
January 5th, 2012 at 4:27 AM
Dear Alex:
IMPORTANT: WE DID NOT REACH ANY AGREEMENT WITH HOME DEPOT YET!!! WE ARE IN TALKS WITH THEM. MANY ISSUES HAVE TO BE RESOLVED YET. CERTIFICATION, OF COURSE, MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE WE SELL OUR E-CATS. OF COURSE WE ARE IN DISCUSSIONS ALSO WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Rossi is trying to get the device certified for safety. He is also preparing what he calls a team for the distribution of the first million e-cats. Rossi has stated these devices would be made in the United States but he has also said they would made in Sweden. Rossi has a distribution agreement with a Swedish startup called Hydro Fusion which is also operating in the UK. Rossi has not stated where in the United States his “production factory” will be located.

The e-cat is currently being tested in Bologna Italy where Rossi has a research center near the University of Bologna.

This new website does a great job of sorting the answers on Rossi’s blog. It’s a good place to go for real information about Rossi and e-cat. As opposed to hype which is spreading fast online.