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28, 2011; 6:00 pm MST
1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful
On October 28, 2011, Andrea Rossi demonstrated his 1 megawatt E-Cat
system to his first customer, who had engineers/scientists on hand to
test/validate its performance. Due to a glitch, it provided 479 kW of continuous
power for 5.5 hours during the self-sustained mode.
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Here I am with Andrea Ross after the test of
the 1 MW E-Cat plant in the background.
I am seeking a business relationship with Andrea Rossi.
My trip was sponsored by Farlie Paynter of Canada, as well as by Mike
Spitzauer, CEO of Green
Power Inc (GPI), the Waste-to-Diesel Fuel company in Pasco,
D. Allan (who was present), with Hank Mills
Pure Energy Systems News
Well, the big day has come and gone. Andrea Rossi's one-megawatt-capable E-Cat
cold fusion device has been tested in Bologna, Italy; and the unknown customer,
who ran the test, is apparently happy.
There were some issues, so it couldn't be run at full power in self-looped mode,
but what it did do was plenty impressive.
It ran for 5.5 hours producing 479 kW, while in self-looped mode. That means no
substantial external energy was required to make it run, because it kept itself
running, even while producing an excess of nearly half a megawatt. Rossi
explained the reasons for this in the presentation he gave, which I videotaped
and will be posting later.
That's half the rated capacity, but it is still a major accomplishment for the
device that was completed earlier this week -- the first of its kind on the
Early in the day with a glitch showing up, Rossi said that they had to make a
decision about whether to go for 1 MW output, not in self-sustain mode, or with
self-sustain mode at a lower power level. The customer opted to go for the
self-sustain mode. Nothing was said about the prospects of a follow-up test,
though I would imagine that the customer will be running many tests to
understand this gadget they have purchased, and that information will be
conveyed to Rossi.
When I asked him during the Q&A session if the customer was satisfied with
the test, Rossi responded, "Yes, I think they are satisfied."
Here is a brief video
excerpt highlight from Rossi during his 1-hour reading of the public report from
the customer, followed by a question and answer session. I recorded the
entire presentation, and we'll post that tomorrow, hopefully along with a
transcription. Half the time was in Italian, as he would address each item
in Italian as well as English.
In this excerpt, Rossi responds to the question, "So, is this a
Here's a transcription of the excerpt video:
Mister [Paolo] Soglia
has asked me if I think that the test of today is a breakthrough. I think yes, because I think today we have seen enough. No more small five or ten kilowatt units, but now we have overcame the
difficulties connected with the basic engineering to make something that....
You know, to go in self sustain mode and make 400 [actually 479] kilowatt hours per hour... To understand that this is a breakthrough...
You can also think that hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to try to have a COP
[coefficient of performance] of 1.1 with nuclear fusion. Today we have made a theoretically endless COP making 470 kilowatt hour per hour of completely free energy, free of fuel. Yes, I think this is a breakthrough.
Of course this is the first step, but it is a very important first step....
Early this year Andrea Rossi announced his plans to construct and test the world's first one megawatt cold fusion plant. The plant would utilize his E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) technology that utilizes tiny quantities of nickel powder and hydrogen gas as fuel, while producing large amounts of energy in the form of heat. Importantly, the energy is produced without emitting any pollution, utilizing any radioactive materials, or producing any nuclear waste. Simply put, the E-Cat offers the world a source of cheap, safe, and clean energy. Although the exact plans for the launch of the technology were adjusted a few times throughout the course of this year, October 28th, 2011 was settled on for the date of the official test of the one megawatt
plant by the first customer.
These first plants will cost around $2,000 per kilowatt to build one at a time,
but once they are mass produced, Rossi expects the price to drop to around $100
per kilowatt installed.
Attendance at this test was limited for several reasons. First, the customer
does not wish to be known at this time, nor to have its test
engineers/scientists identified. I did not inadvertently discover the customer's
identify, nor did I try to find out. I gave that group their space and did not
probe. Second, the device is a nuclear device, and the
regulations for a public demonstration are extremely stringent; so by making the
event private, and only bringing one or two at a time to see it was a way to get
around the safety requirements.
Most of us (around 30 guests total) arrived between 9 and 10 am; and by around
11 am, Rossi began taking people back to see the device while it was in
operation, in self-sustained mode. Here's a video
I shot, with Rossi's permission, during my 2-3 minute chance to see the unit
A neighboring facility, coincidentally, is
named "Rossi", which is a common name in Italy.
Here I am with Mats Lewan and other Swedish
Here I am with Peter Svensson from the AP
Levi, who was Rossi's right-hand man
today, will be heading the Bologna research on the E-Cat.
Power for start-up (resistive coils that provided heat to the reaction chambers)
was provided by the large and loud genset (was making all the noise) you see
that is nearly as large as the small shipping container
in which the 1 MW E-Cat plant was arranged. Once the reaction chambers got up to temperature, they were maintained by the heat produced by the reaction.
I'm not sure why they kept the generator running after that, but I would guess
it was for back-up or safety. I'm sure the engineers testing the system made
sure what the power levels were at all times.
There were 100 E-Cat modules, each with 3 reaction chambers in them, for a total
of 300 reaction chambers. An additional 20 or so units had been installed on the
top of the shipping container, compared to the earlier photos and videos we had
seen. Steam was produced by the units and exited through the back in the bottom
of the two pipes. The steam was not put to use to run a load but the heat was
dumped via two radiators, distilled, and circulated back into the system. When
looking inside the plant, I noticed that one of the E-Cat units had a little
steam escaping from the front of it.
The top pipe in the back, which was closed, was for emergency cool-down, if
Each unit was run independently through a computerized control. The input
and output temperature readings were recorded by computer, and the data will be
provided to us probably later this evening or tomorrow morning. When I
went by there, I think the input was measuring 19 C, and the output was 109 C.
Radiation measurements were taken by Dr. Bianchini David, from the University of
Bologna. He said no extraneous radiation was detected at any time emanating from
the reaction chambers, or from the piping, or from the water tanks, or in the
vicinity of the apparatus. Apparently, gamma radiation is produced during the
reaction, which is shielded by water, iron, lead, and a final coating on the
apparatus. David said that he has not measured gamma radiation from the device,
because he has not had access to the reaction chamber while it has been
None of the units were taken apart following this test, as was the one back on
the October 6 test. I asked Rossi whether any radio frequencies were used in the
test, and he said "no".
I would estimate that there were about 12 people assisting with the test
arrangement, including: 3-4 security guards, 1 caterer, 2 receptionists who
checked to make sure everyone was invited and wore the required badges, 3-4
engineers helping take measurements, Foccardi was helping take guests 1-2 at a
time back to see the unit.
I especially enjoyed mingling with the other guests, including: Mats Lewan from
NyTeknik; Irene Zreick from Focus.it; Peter Svensson, Technology Writer for the
Associated Press, NY, who told me that the reason the mainstream press hasn't
been covering this is because Rossi has been very picky about who he lets in;
Enrico Billi, a nuclear physicist and friend of Rossi's, who is presently living
in China and helping to open doors there for this technology; Professor Christos
Stremmenos, from the University of Bologna, who told me all about his theory of
how the technology works; Pierre Clauzon, nuclear engineering professor from
France, who told me about several theoretical physicists trying to understand
cold fusion in general and the E-Cat in particular; Uzikova Irina, a nuclear
plant designer from Russia; Stefan Heglesson, representing a Swedish interest in
the technology; Loris
Ferrari, Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
from the University of Bologna, who will be one of the five professors to do the
two year test of the E-Cat, which hopefully will be funded as a result of
today's test. They will study both the "how" and the "why"
of the technology.
Mats and I agreed to post our stories at the same time. Peter was going to go
first, having been given an exclusive by Rossi, but it's going to be a few days
before he gets the necessary info and editorial approvals before he's able to
run a story in the Associated Press.
Probably the biggest opening for skeptics will be the continually running genset
that is probably rated for 500 kW (my guess), and appears to have been connected
by cables to the E-Cat. "Where's the mystery?" So knock yourselves
out, skeptics. It's the customer who has to be happy, and apparently this one
was satisfied that those cables were not contributing to the 470 kW output
during self-sustaining mode.
Here's a video where Rossi talks to us briefly following the test, saying that a
report will come shortly; and giving us the reason for why we couldn't go back
during the test except 1-2 at a time.
And here's a video of a
couple of 1 MW generators that were in the room where we were hanging out, which
were from an earlier project Rossi was involved with, running on biofuel.
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PESN Coverage of LENR
For a more exhaustive listing, see News:Rossi_Cold_Fusion
A Late Night Speculative Raving From Hank Mills - (PESN; October
Andrea Rossi's E-Cat Devours Lockheed's Hypothetical Compact Fusion Reactor - (PESN; October
The Inconel Mouse of Andrea Rossi's E-Cat - (PESN; October
Hell Freezes Over: Brian Ahern's Doubts on E-Cat Test Resolved - (PESN; October
Leaked Second Paper With High Magnification of Rossi's Nickel Particles Brings Replication Closer - (PESN; October
Sterling Allan on Coast to Coast AM about E-Cat breakthrough - (PESN; October
Revealed The Four Horsemen of Andrea Rossi's E-CatLithium Iron Nickel
Hydrogen - (PESN; October 10, 2014)
Fuel Analysis and Validation Paper Posted October 8, 2014 - (PESWiki;
October 9, 2014)
Digest -- August 22, 2014 - Safety Certification Obtained for Low and High Temperature E-Cats
LENR-to-Market Digest -- April 9, 2014 - Rumblings about pending E-Cat test results
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- March 6, 2014 - Lattice Energy transmutation (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Digest -- February 20, 2014 - Rossi Hopes to Retrofit Coal Power Plants With
LENR-to-Market Digest -- February 5, 2014 - Nanors availability announced at Cold Fusion 101 at
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- January 30, 2014 - Industrial Heat acquires E-Cat
LENR to Market Digest, January 22, 2014
- Blacklight Power claims MW capability (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Digest -- January 6, 2014 - Cherokee identified as
Rossi's partner (PESN)