Andrea Rossi and his team at the Leonardo Corp are working on a one ton gas-fired Ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device. In a post on his blog Rossi stated that the prototype for the hot ecat device will weigh around one ton (presumably one metric ton), it’ll be two meters long, one meter wide and one meter in high.

The device will have to be tested for one to two months of regular operation before Rossi makes it public. This device will presumably be the hot ecat which Rossi has stated will operated at temperatures of around 1200 degrees Celsius. Generating those temperatures would enable it to make steam which could turn a turbine that could generate electricity.

Rossi has also said that he cannot conduct any more interviews until the 1 megawatt (megawatt of heat not electricity) unit has been approved for civil use. He said this decision was made by his new US partner. Rossi didn’t reveal who this partner was but said it had an agreement with the Trust that owns the Leonardo Corp. Rossi didn’t say who the trust was.

Rossi did not say whether the new US partner affects his long standing agreement with AmpEnergo. AmpEnergo is an American group that was set up last year to market ecat technology in the Americas.

These posts also indicate that Rossi has been having trouble with his one megawatt ecat and has had to radically redesign it. It sounds as if Rossi has had to go back to the drawing board and completely change the technology. The older ecat was originally powered by electricity. Rossi seems to have changed that design.

The gas that powers it would presumably be natural gas. That’s good for the United States which has vast supplies of natural gas. It would also be compatible with many modern power plants that are fired by natural gas. The Japanese and Germans are converting many of their nuclear power plants to natural gas. It is also obvious that the ecat could also be powered by propane which is widely used as a home heating fuel in North America and butane which is burned in lower altitude areas.

Gas-powered ecats also put another nail in the coffin of “free energy.” Since you would have to pay for the gas the energy would not be free. It would be far cheaper than current forms of energy but it would be far from free.

The use of gas could also make it easier to use ecat as a waste disposal power technology. Gas-fired ecats could be used as super incinerators to burn up many different kinds of waste and produce heat and electricity in the process.

It is also obvious from posts on his blog that Rossi has backed off on his ambitious plans for home ecat heating and water heating units. He’s apparently having certification for it and possibly in getting it to work. Rossi has stated he won’t reveal the domestic ecat until he gets it certified.

The one MW ecat

Interestingly enough Rossi has received more than half a million requests for the domestic devices but he can’t provide them. Rossi seems to have jumped too quickly on the domestic device. He needs to get an ecat up and running before selling a domestic model.

My guess is that it will be several months before Rossi will be able to unveil the new ecat. It might take longer than that because it sounds like he’s going to have to completely redesign it and then build and test a prototype. So two things are obvious:

  • Rossi does not have a working LENR device that can serve as a power source.

 

  • Rossi’s previous design has failed and he has had to completely redesign his technology.

 

So it looks like 2013 could be an exciting year in LENR, Rossi, Defkalion and Brillouin are all working on LENR devices. It’ll be interesting to see which of them unveils one that can actually produce heat and electricity first, or if somebody else beats them to the punch.