The most game-changing aspect about the energy catalyzer low energy nuclear or cold fusion process is its’ potential cost. In this interview E-cat inventor Andrea Rossi told electric car blog EV World that electricity generated by his device would cost 1¢ per kilowatt hour.
If true that would make the energy catalyzer the cheapest method for generating electricity yet found. Now obviously, Mr. Rossi’s statement is somewhat speculative but it if it is accurate this is a real game changer.
The new most common types of generating electricity in the United States today are coal and natural gas. Pure Energy Systems estimates that it costs between 3.9¢ and 4.4¢ to generate a kilowatt hour of electricity using natural gas. It costs between 4.8¢ and 5.5¢ per kilowatt hour to generate electricity using coal. The other popular method of generation nuclear fission costs between 11.5¢ and 14.5¢ per kilowatt hour.
That means generating electricity with e-cat costs one third its cheapest competitor. Part of the reason why the energy catalyzer would be so cheap is that it would not require a massive infrastructure to deliver fuel to it the way gas and coal do. Nor would it require massive structures, elaborate safety measures and security like nuclear power would.
Since the energy catalyzer is small it would not require massive power distribution grids. That would also eliminate the loss of electricity in the grids. If Mr. Rossi’s speculation is right the other means of electricity simply could not compete with e-cat.
It would be like horse drawn carts and wagons trying to compete with the automobile. There simply is no comparison. Horse drawn transportation was the norm in American and European cities in 1900 it had disappeared by 1930 because horses could not compete with cars and trucks. E-cat could do to coal power plants what the Model T did to the horse, put them out to pasture.
This does not even take into account all the other costs from the other methods of generation. The green house gases and other air pollution produced by coal and natural gas and the massive environmental impact of coal mining and the environmental side effects of natural gas production. Not to mention the costs of storing and disposing of nuclear wastes.
The savings in other areas from this would be huge too. Industrial processes, transportation, manufacturing, home heating, health care, and agriculture would all become cheaper and more profitable. For example hydroponics agriculture could become profitable because of the cheap electricity and heat provided by the energy catalyzer. Electric cars could become more practical because of the electricity produced by the e-cat.
Now, there could be other costs associated with e-cat we do not know about. We do not know how long e-cats can last nor do we know the cost of manufacturing the units. Still, the potential savings from this development could be staggering.