What Do We Know About Andrea Rossi’s 1 MW Power Plant?

It appears that Andrea Rossi is focusing most of his efforts at the moment on ensuring that the 1 MW thermal plant he is building is fit for purpose. His fortunes as an industrialist depend largely on on the success of this first pilot unit. If it is a success it will likely be hailed as a huge breakthrough in energy technology — if it fails, then Rossi’s name and reputation will be tarnished and his whole enterprise could be in serious jeopardy.

What  do we know about this plant? From what Rossi and others have revealed there is quite a lot of interesting information about it. Here are some of the key things we know.

  • It is being built in Florida by Leonardo Corporation, a company Rossi owns jointly with his wife, Maddalena Pascucci.
  • The plant is being installed in a shipping container and when completed will be transported to Xanthi, Greece where it will be used as a demonstration unit, and provide power for Defkaklion Green Technology’s Hyperion factory (Rossi’s first customer).
  • The public opening of this plant will be in the last week of October 2011. Rossi has said recently that he is on schedule. Invited guests will be able to see the plant in action.
  • The plant is made up of 300 4 kW E-Cat units, giving it a maximum output capacity of 1.2 MW. The spare capacity allows the plant to provide a continuous 1 MW output while individual units are down for maintenance and recharging purposes.
  • This plant is a working prototype based on Rossi’s own E-Cat models, not Defkalion’s Hyperion products.
  • While Rossi will guarantee that the plant will produce at least six times the amount of energy that it consumes, the electrical input for this plant may be very small.  In Rossi’s own words “The 1 MW plant, probably will work mostly without energy input, I suppose, because we are resolving the safety issues connected.” http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com/?p=501&cpage=2#comments

If there are any key points that I have missed, please feel free to send your suggestions, and I will add to the list!

  • Rick Gresham

    Nickel melts at 1,455C (Wiki). I’ve read that the reactor can be operated at temperatures higher than 400C. According to Carnot, higher temperature differential means higher efficiency for conversion to electricity. Is it likely the reactor will be able to operate closer to the melting temperature of the nickel or might the catalyst be temperature limiting?

  • d. naugle

    I have been following the rossi focardi sine feb. 2011. What the greatest issue for
    the reactor / reactors is thermal meltdown. I believe that to control the unit is to wick
    off the excess heat to prevent a meltdown. the heaters that are used in the ecat are
    used so that the water flow or (wicking?) is high enough to keep the device from
    melting the nickel. maybe you only get hot water maybe steam. it seems to me the 1MW
    unit will have a greater accuracy in controling the temp that it will run contiuously
    without external control. IMHO

  • Arilyn

    I seem to recall reading something about Miami (manufacturing e-cats there?), but haven’t seen much follow-up. Does anyone know any more about that?

  • http://extropolitca.blogspot.com Mirco Romanato

    Rossi stated answering to a question (mine) the e-cat don’t need electricity, just heat, to start. So, in theory, a gas burner would be enough.

    I suppose they are able to control the reactions from going out of control managing the pressure of hydrogen. If the reaction go too fast, the temp go up and the pressure of hydrogen is lowered. The reaction stop or is reduced. It appear a “simple” feedback loop.

  • John W. Ratcliff

    Hmmmm..something doesn’t make sense. Other than input energy to ‘start up’ the generator what energy could it possibly need to consume at run-time???

    Can’t it just feed the output electricity back in to create a closed system?

    This entire thing continues to sound extremely fishy.

    John

    • Frank (admin)

      Theoretically, what you are saying should be possible, and makes a lot of sense. According to Rossi though, there is no electricity being produced by the E-Cat he’s building. Maybe not too far down the road …

    • h_corey

      The power produced by the E-Cat is thermal. A rise in temperature from input to output of a working fluid. The device would need a turbine or heat engine to convert thermal energy into electricity again. This has inherent losses. So, for example, a good turbine system can get 40-50% conversion of the thermal energy into electricity. A 1MW plant would then produce 500 kW minus the power used to control the E-Cats. But if your factory has a need for heat not electricity, 1MW of power produced with an E-Cat is the same as 1 MW of power produced by Natural Gas. This is the application space Rossi et al are targeting.

  • Sebastian

    oops, I meant to write “do not carry any content”, of course…

    • John Dlouhy

      A Freudian slip Sebastian?…maybe you should listen to your subconscious.

  • Sebastian

    Focardi said that the 1MW plant would be shipped to Bologna first. Rossi did not deny or confirm this statement.
    You could also add that Defkalion is the “first customer” Rossi has been speaking of all the time.
    Given the fact that the Hyperion construction facility has not yet been built, you should mention that they will have to do that within the next 3 months. Rather soon if they want to stick to the schedule!

    @georgehants: having read your comments in the Defkalion forums and Rossi’s blog, I would like to tell you here that your comments do carry any content. The link you provided is superbiased – just like your posts. Please gain a little objectivity…

    • georgehants

      Sebastian,

      “I would like to tell you here that your comments do not carry any content.” try and do better please.

      The link provided was for a report from a Dr of science, if you feel he is super biased would you not do better to tell him or us your reasons.
      Or would that be asking to much.

  • georgehants

    A link for those truly interested in the scientific disgrace associated with Cold Fusion research.

    By Dr.Stoyan Sarg

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/07/20/nuclear-safety-and-hazardous-radioactive-waste/