What is the E-Cat? Looking for a Clear, Concise Definition.

It occurred to me today that there could well be people who  are hearing about the E-Cat for the first time who have little or no understanding of what the E-Cat actually is. I’d like to be able to provide a simple but accurate description that a non-expert would be able to easily understand.

Here’s my first attempt:

“E-Cat is an abbreviation of the term “energy catalyzer” and is an invention of Italian engineer Andrea Rossi. The E-Cat is a device that produces a nuclear reaction through a process in which hydrogen is heated and combined with a nickel powder and an undisclosed catalyst inside a reaction chamber.  In this process the nucleus of the hydrogen, which is the proton, penetrates the nickel nucleus and in doing so becomes copper, and releases a large amount of energy. The energy produced by the nuclear reaction is used to heat water and the output of the E-Cat is steam. Lead is used as a shield to prevent the release of harmful radiation during the reaction, and when the reaction is complete there is no radioactive waste.”

I would be grateful to anyone who could provide suggestions on how this could be improved. I am obviously not approaching this from a skeptical point of view — I am taking Rossi and Focardi at their word about the device.

  • http://www.energythic.com Claude Thiébaut

    Hello,
    It is well a cold fusion process which could explain such an amount of outlet energy and also the creation of excess energy (overunity engine with COP>1). It is a great hopeness for future generation.

  • Martin Schwingenheuer

    Hello Chuck and all.
    Thank you for response.”Inverted beta decay”,that could be.Therefore the(a) proton must absorbe an electron to become a neutron.It seems similar like sun´s proton-proton reaction.Do you agree?
    Enjoy the evening.My nightshift is starting in a few hrs.See you tomorrow.
    Martin

  • Martin Schwingenheuer

    I hope the whole project came in series production and will be in suitabe manner to buy.I´m wondering how become a nickel atom a copper atom,due the missing additional neutron. Because only the proton of the hydrogen is fused together with the nickel atom.Where is the missing neutron to accomplish the new copper atom?
    Best regards:Martin

  • Dave Stone

    I have a question about your reference to a “nuclear reaction” taking place inside the E-Cat’s reaction chamber. Since the chamber is lined with lead shielding one would assume that gamma ray radiation is being produced. Has anyone actually measured the radiation in the reaction chamber while the E-Cat is operational?

    • http://www.zerwellenergy.com Chuck Bagwell

      Dave,

      The impression I get is that there has been extensive testing for radiation by not only Rossi but others. There probably is some gamma being produced, that is a good thing. the Lead and Boron surrounding the reaction chamber converts the high frequency, gamma, to a lower frequency, infrared, which heats the water. Here is a link to more information on the subject:
      http://coldfusionnow.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/no-fear-of-radiation-from-cold-fusion/

  • http://www.zerwellenergy.com Chuck Bagwell

    I think the admin’s description fits pretty well. I would modify it slightly like this:

    “E-Cat is an abbreviation of the term “energy catalyzer” and is an invention of Italian engineer Andrea Rossi. T

    The E-Cat is a device that uses as a fuel, Hydrogen gas, powdered Nickel metal, and an undisclosed catalyst (which could be Lithium-6, in my opinion) to produce a large amount of heat through a little understood Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) process inside a specially designed chamber.

    In this process, when an external heat source is applied (Electric or fossil) it is suspected that the nucleus of a hydrogen atom, a proton, penetrates a nickel nucleus and in doing so a nickel atom becomes a copper atom, and releases a large amount of thermal energy. Some of the copper atoms transmute to Zinc and other elements, producing even more energy.

    The energy produced by the nuclear reactions is used to heat water, and the output of the E-Cat is steam. Lead and Boron are used as a shield to prevent the release of harmful radiation during the reactions, and when the reactions are complete (The external heat source is turned off) there is no radioactive waste.”

    • admin

      Thanks for the suggestions, Chuck. I wasn’t aware of the Zinc production.