What’s the Big Deal about the E-Cat?

Energy is a concern for planet Earth in many ways. We live in an an increasingly energy hungry world, especially with increased development in many parts of the world. There are huge concerns surrounding the amount of pollution that is currently emitted by fossil fuel sources, and the dangers of nuclear power plants, and many governments and businesses are moving to transition to renewable sources of fuel. However solar and wind farms struggle to keep up with demand, especially without sufficient energy storage technology to meet demand when sun or wind is lacking.

So is there a better way? Could a more promising solution be on the horizon that could help meet our energy needs in the near future? Well perhaps.

For people interested in an energy source that is clean, fossil fuel-free, energy dense, efficient, and can be created in vast quantities from tiny amounts of abundant raw materials, then it might be take a look at the E-Cat, an invention of Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, which is to be introduced to the world in a public demonstration on November 24, 2017.

The E-Cat based on the principle of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) which is a field that has been the realm of a few dedicated researchers since the days that Pons and Fleischmann first came out and claimed to have achieved what was termed “cold fusion”. At the time their claim was very controversial and they were ultimately shunned by the scientific community when some scientists trying to replicate their work were unsuccessful.

However since that time, other researchers have claimed success in the LENR field. Andrea Rossi began working on developing a LENR device that he calls the Energy Catalyzer in the early 1990s, and in a January 2011 press conference in Bologna, Italy he, along with retired University of Bologna physicist Dr. Sergio Focardo, introduced an early prototype of the E-Cat.

Perhaps the most important thing about the E-Cat, if claims made about it over the years are valid, is its ability to generate more energy than it consumes. The ratio of input energy to output energy is known as Coeficcient of Performance (COP)

Patent disclosures indicate that the fuel for the E-Cat is hydrogen, nickel, lithium and aluminum. Rossi has claimed that these are consumed in minute quantities, so that one charge of an e-cat unit, consisting of just grams of fuel can last for around a year of continuous operation in the killowatt range of power output. Andrea Rossi carried out a year-long test of a heat producing plant rated at 1 megawatt from 2015-2016 which was certified in a report to produce around 80 times more energy than it consumed.

There have been a lot of different iterations of the E-Cat since this first demonstration, as Dr. Rossi and his colleagues have gone through the R&D process, and he seems to have now settled on a version he calls the E-Cat QX as one that will be reliable enough to be commercially viable. The E-Cat QX is a small E-Cat, rated at around 20 W, designed to be grouped with other reactors in order to produce power at the desired output.

It is the QX device that Rossi will be demonstrating in a public presentation to take place on November 24, 2017. The event will be video streamed to the world and will be available for viewing at the website or Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation, ecat.com starting around 12 noon US Eastern time.

This will be an important moment for people to get a better idea if the E-Cat really is a big deal.