Andrea Rossi back from spending Thanksgiving in the United States has made a number of interesting statements on his blog. The most interesting of these involves the home e-cat boiler which would be used for both heating and water heating.
In a post Rossi revealed that he and is partners at Hydrofusion are collecting orders but not money for a 10 kilowatt (kilowatts of heat not electricity). The estimated cost for the units would be 400 euros ($521 USD) a piece. He did not say when these would be available. Rossi will only accept orders if he gets 10,000 names on the list. Here is what he said in response to a question from Chile on December 9.
Dear Felipe From Chile:
You are right, we are organizing this.
BY THE WAY: WE COLLECT FROM NOW THE NAMES OF ALL THE PERSONS OR ENITITES INTERESTED TO BUY AN E-CAT OF 10 KW. IF WE WILL REACH 10,000 NAMES IN THE LIST, THE PERSONS IN THE WAITING LIST WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONFIRM OR NOT THEIR ORDER AT 400 EURO/THERMAL KW. DO NOT SEND MONEY, WE WILL ACCEPT THE ORDERS ONLY IF WE WILL REACH 10,000 NAMES IN THE WAITING LIST, COMBINING OUR LIST WITH THE WAITING LIST ORGANIZED BY OUR BROTHERS OF HYDROFUSION .
ANDREA ROSSI, LEONARDO CORP. (PRESIDENT)
This would indicate that Rossi is fairly confident in his technology. If he took orders for something and didn’t deliver it he would look pretty foolish. He could also be prosecuted for fraud or sued. Note he isn’t taking money. Rossi confirmed that e-cat is an effective heating technology
On December he wrote:
December 15th, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Yes, we heat up the factory where we work with an E-Cat.
Note Rossi has provided no proof of this although he’s said it a number of times.
This would also seem to indicate that Rossi has or is close to getting an international, US or European Union patent. He would need one to protect his secrets if he went into mass production. Rossi already has an Italian patent for e-cat.
Even though it looks like e-cat is an effective heating system, production of electricity seems to be a few years away. Rossi admitted that it would take around 1 or 1.5 kilowatts of electricity to produce 3 kilowatts of electricity with present e-cat technology. That does not seem very efficient to me.
• Andrea Rossi
December 15th, 2011 at 2:46 AM
Dear Aussie Guy:
To make 1 thermal MWh/h of energy you will need 160 kWh/h (thermal or electric). This system will yield 300-330 kWh/h of electric energy. This, with the best available conversion system we got so far. In sustained mode this can be upgraded, but only in a real scenario we can get real numbers. For now, conservatively, is better take these numbers.
He also stated that the COP or coefficient of performance (a formula used to calculate the amount of energy needed for electricity or heat production) in an e-cat is two.
• Andrea Rossi
December 15th, 2011 at 10:03 AM
If you make electric energy using electric energy in our system the guaranteed COP is 2, so far.
It looks like Rossi has a lot more work to do on his invention. Yet it also looks like an e-cat boiler for home heat and water heating could soon be a reality. If you want on the list for a home e-cat you can send a note to this e-email.
Rossi also stated that e-cat production has begun in the US but gave details or corroboration.