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10, 2011; 4:00 pm MST
National Instruments signs to do E-Cat controls
Today, Andrea Rossi signed an agreement with National Instruments to
have them make all of the instrumentation for the E-Cat cold fusion plants,
which began to be sold commercially on October 28 with the first 1 MW plant
successfully tested in Bologna.
First 1 MW E-Cat plant following its
successful test on October 28, 2011 in Bologna.
Photo by Sterling Allan
PES Network has a business relationship with Andrea Rossi.
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Today, Leonardo Corporation, led by Andrea Rossi, inventor and developer of the one-megawatt cold fusion
plant, signed an agreement with National Instruments (NI), to have them make all the instrumentation for the E-Cat plants, which began commercial sales on
28, following the successful test in Bologna, Italy of the first 1 MW heat plant to the first customer.
The 1 MW plant, which is the size of a small shipping container, and said to
produce about as much power as a small locomotive, is made up of around 100 modules, each containing three reactors acting in parallel that combine hydrogen and nickel (a special micro powder preparation) into copper in the presence of a proprietary catalyst and a radio frequency stimulator, beginning at around 450 degrees
Celsius. The initial heating is supplied electrically from resistive heaters. Once the nuclear reactions commence, the start-up electrical energy source can be disconnected, and the self-sustaining reaction can be controlled by the amount of hydrogen pressure supplied to the chamber.
No nuclear waste is emitted, and no radioactive elements are required in the reaction. The gamma radiation produced during operation, which results in the copious heat generated, is shielded by
two layers of thin lead.
According to Rossi, NI will be creating the controls to monitor and regulate this process.
He said that their stipulation for the agreement is that all the instrumentation for the E-Cat plants have "by National Instruments" and logo on the instrumentation panels.
National Instruments, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, was established in 1976, and conducts global operations in 41 countries, with over 5,000 employees. In 2010, the company sold products to more than 30,000 companies in 91 countries with revenues of $860 million.
Concezzi said that their customers include Boeing and Airbus, and that they have
employees separated who are working on competitor technologies so that there is
not a conflict of interest.
Fortune magazine has recognized NI in its list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the past 12 consecutive years. Their
website presently lists 111 job openings.
According to their website:
National Instruments transforms the way engineers and scientists around the world design, prototype, and deploy systems for test, control, and embedded design applications. Using NI open graphical programming software and modular hardware, customers at more than 30,000 companies annually simplify development, increase productivity, and dramatically reduce time to market. From testing next-generation gaming systems to creating breakthrough medical devices, NI customers continuously develop innovative technologies that impact millions of people.
Their "Big Physics" page
mentions that they are involved in providing instrumentation solutions to
projects including particle accelerators, fusion reactors, and telescopes. Their
fusion page says:
the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany, researchers
implemented a tokamak control system to more effectively confine plasma. For
the primary processing, they developed a LabVIEW application, which split up
matrix multiplication operations using a data parallelism technique on an
octal-core system. Researchers installed a hard real-time operating system
(OS) with symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support on an off-the-system based
on an Intel multicore architecture. Researchers on the project were able to
speed up the matrix multiplication operations by a factor of five while
meeting the 1 ms real-time control loop rate."
That a company of this caliber would get involved with such a groundbreaking
technology that has been surrounded by so much skepticism and criticism, says a
lot for its actual credibility. And it speaks to the bright future that is
emerging as clean, affordable energy solutions finally begin to break into the
The international Tokomak project in France is a multi billion dollar hot fusion
project that isn't expected to achieve overunity for many years. As we
noted in a story
The [ITER] reactor is being financed by countries around the world
including the United States, the European Union, and China. This extremely
expensive reactor is expected to cost over 15 billion Euro to build, and will
require even more funding to operate. It is hoped that construction will be
finished by 2018, and the reactor can be tested by 2019. After many years of
testing, the ITER reactor might meet the goal of producing ten times more
power than it consumes.
In contrast, the E-Cat, at a minute fraction of the cost, has apparently
already achieved that milestone, and is in the market. The first one-off plants
cost 2,000 Euros per kilowatt, or 2 million for the 1 MW plant. But once mass
produced, Rossi expects the cost to go down to 100 Euros per kilowatt installed
-- a tenth of what coal or natural gas power plants costs, minus the fuel
So you could see why National Instruments would be interested in getting in on
the ground floor.
I phoned NI headquarters and they put me in touch with the NI person in Italy
who Andrea Rossi named to me in a Skype conference call today; and that person
confirmed the customer relationship. I talked to two additional people as well.
Stefano Concezzi, who serves as NI's Director of Science and Big
Physics Segment, told me that NI does not comment on contracts made with
customers, unless the customer requests a press release; but he could confirm
that Andrea Rossi is a customer.
"I would love for him to be right.
"We support every kind of research for the betterment of human kind.
Whoever is interested in doing that, we would be happy to support."
So at this time, I would gather that their contract should not be construed
as a validation or confirmation of the E-Cat science, but a signal of NI's
willingness to help Rossi develop the technology into an even more robust
embodiment, to help increase its operational stability, reliability, safety;
while lowering its price point.
On November 10, 2011 4:39 PM [MST], regarding the above story, I received the
following from Trisha McDonell | Corporate PR Manager | National Instruments.
Subject: Re: final Re: contact info for E-Cat / NI contract
Thank you Sterling for allowing us to review. We approve the text, especially the National Instruments portion of the story that includes Stefano's quote and information.
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PESN Coverage of E-Cat
For a more exhaustive listing, see News:Rossi_Cold_Fusion
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 22, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 15, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 8, 2012
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- November 1, 2012
Weekly -- October 25, 2012
Weekly -- October 18, 2012
Andrea Rossi's Black Box -- by Popular Science (PESN; October 16,
Penon High-Temperature E-Cat Test Results Posted (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- October 11, 2012 (PESN)
Weekly -- October 4, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 27, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 20, 2012 (PESN)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- September 13, 2012 (PESN)
2012 E-Cat Conference Report: 1 MW E-Cat Ready (PESN; September
September 9: Andrea Rossi Q&A, Panel Discussion, Interview
Gives Third-Party Test Results from Hot Cat
Weekly -- September 6, 2012 (PESN; September 6, 2012)
E-Cat Conference in Zurich (PESWiki;
August 31, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 30, 2012 (PESN)
A Barrel of a Hundred High Temperature E-Cats (PESN;
August 30, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 23, 2012 (PESN)
Existence of 1,200C E-Cat Test Report Confirmed (PESN;
August 22, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 16, 2012 (PESN)
about Hot Cat Test Data Leaker (PESN;
August 13, 2012)
Stunning Third Party E-Cat Test Report Details Leaked During NIWeek (PESN;
August 11, 2012)
LENR-to-Market Weekly -- August 9, 2012 (PESN)
Mainstream Coverage of Fleischmann's Death Mentions Nothing of Technology Nearing Marketplace (PESN;
August 8, 2012)