After the discussion that has been going on here over the last couple of days about a crowd funding approach to testing the E-Cat, I emailed Andrea Rossi with a few questions to get a better sense of what would be involved in such a project. Here are the questions and his responses:
1. Would you accept a purchase from a consortium made up of many small donors?
WE SELL OUR PLANTS ONLY TO CUSTOMERS WHO CAN MAKE IT WORK PROPERLY. I NEED TO KNOW THE UTILIZATION AND OF COURSE THE CUSTOMER.
2.Could you please let me know how long it would take to receive an E-Cat plant?
4 MONTHS NOW, AFTER THE SIGNATURE OF THE ORDER
3. Is it possible to purchase a plant smaller than 1 MW?
4. What would the cost be?
NOW IS 2 MILLION EURO
5. When would the payment be due?
1/3 AT THE ORDER; 2/3 AFTER THE TEST
It would be a very large undertaking to make this idea work. In addition to the daunting task of raising funds to purchase the plant, you would need be able to convince Rossi that you have the expertise to run it, and a purpose for its use — and a place to put it! As many readers have stated, you would need to have a legal organization in place to receive funds and run the project, and professionals who could do the testing — all of which would take substantial funds over and above the purchase of the E-Cat Plant.
To a large corporation or research institution this all might not be too great of a hurdle — but for a grassroots organization starting from scratch it would be a major challenge — and in the end it might well prove unnecessary if the E-Cat/LENR is clearly demonstrated by someone else. But if anyone feels up to the challenge of spearheading such an attempt please step forward — I would be happy to what I can to provide support in the way of publicity, communications, or other types of assistance.