Andrea Rossi provided a very interesting detail on his site yesterday in response to a question about problems creating electricity from the E-Cat. Apparently Rossi is not able to create steam at a high enough temperature to create electricity efficiently yet, but he believes that they will resolve that problem soon. In this reply was the remark:
“We are ready to produce heat and cold, but still fighting to produce electric power.”
When asked for further details about making “cold”, he responded:
“Yes, the problems to make cold have been resolved, we found a very good Partner who is working on it.”
Presumably the cooling he has achieved is based upon the principles used in absorbtion refrigeration where a heat source is used to provide the energy needed for cooling, although Rossi did not confirm that explicitly, saying only “As soon as our partner will give us all the characteristics of the air conditioner, we will give information of them. For sure, by October we will have the technology ready for sale.” (http://www.journal-of-nuclear-physics.com/?p=501&cpage=8#comments)
If the E-Cat can cool efficiently there could be tremendous savings in the costs of refrigeration and air conditioning which currently consume a large percentage of electricity generated for homes and businesses. And learning that it will be ready for sale as soon as October is very interesting — we could be looking at large energy savings (and much less strain on electrical grids in hot summers) in the near future.