Andrea Rossi will publish a full report on the science behind his ecat low energy reaction (LENR) technology when he receives an international patent for the device. Rossi made this claim to the Italian radio station Citta del Capo Radio Metropolitana. In the same interview Rossi admitted that a lot more work will need to be done before he can deliver a home ecat or an industrial ecat.
Rossi has applied for US and European Union (EU) patents for ecat but they haven’t been approved. Since it can years to get a patent granted that means it might be years before we see the report. George Miley applied for a US patent on his LENR device in 2008 but it wasn’t approved until July, 2012.
I also wonder what Rossi means by an international patent he has an Italian patent on the ecat. Rossi might have better luck getting a patent in China like Brillouin has. One possibility is that Rossi is seeking patent protection in several countries before he reveals his research.
Rossi didn’t say what he would publish but it might be the theory behind the ecat or the results of research with it. He also didn’t say where he would publish the results. This would seem to contradict Rossi’s promise to publish ecat data sometime this fall. One possibility is that he had been expecting a patent but it has been delayed for some reason.
Rossi also clarified his relationship with the giant German technology company Siemens. He said he is working with Siemen’s Swedish subsidiary – which means he is working with Siemens – to adapt a turbine for use with ecat. This is rather interesting because Rossi conducts his research in Bologna Italy even though he’s worked with Swedish scientists in the past. Rossi said Siemens is a supplier but hasn’t been involved in the research.
Rossi said that the ecat had been studied at Siemens’ research and development center in Stockholm. He also said that Siemens had sent a consulting engineer to Bologna to take measurements of the ecat and that Siemens had made proposals about the device. That indicates that Siemens is actually involved in the research which contradicts what Rossi said earlier.
Rossi also said that the home ecat heating and water heating device which he had promised earlier has been delayed because of “too problems with certification.” Rossi also noted that work on his hot ecat is underway but he is planning to try and generate electricity probably with a steam turbine with when he is ready. From what Rossi said he will try generating electricity with the hot ecat when it is self-sustaining. That would indicate the device is not yet self-sustaining.
Rossi also admitted that there were many faults with his 1 megawatt (megawatt of heat not electricity) ecat unit which has reportedly been sold to an unidentified military customer. The internet rumor mill indicates the “military customer” was the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the United States which conducts advanced research for the Pentagon. The faults make the device unsafe so it is still at his facility in Bologna. The faults were apparently so great that Rossi has had to build a second 1 MW unit for the customer. Rossi didn’t say when that plant will be ready. He did not that if it works as planned that unit will operate for 20 to 30 years and pay for it itself in energy savings in two to three years.
So it looks like Rossi is making good progress but some earlier claims about his progress have exaggerated. It also looks like Rossi is adopting a more realistic approach to making promises which should help his reputation.