An interesting exchange took place on Andrea Ross’s JONP today, with reader Christopher Calder making a simple suggestion:
“Could you produce a simple E-Cat space heater that anyone could plug into a wall? Most current consumer electric space heaters are limited to 1,500 watts, which is claimed to be enough to heat 1,000 square feet (93 square meters). Such a device would allow even very low income apartment dwellers to immediately benefit from LENR technology. You could not possibly manufacture enough portable heaters to keep up with worldwide demand. Competition is only a problem if you run out of customers. The E-Cat shortage will be the big problem making headlines.”
“Do you know? Your is a very good idea. We gotta study it.”
The interesting thing here is that it sounds like Rossi hadn’t really considered this before. Like many good ideas, Calder’s one is very simple, and it seems to be an obvious idea (except no one has come up with it yet!)
Some of the advantages of an E-Cat space heater would be:
- Lower cost. You could buy them one by one if you didn’t have the funds for 10 kW all at once. A 1 kW space heater might only cost $50 according to the most recent cost estimates from Rossi.
- Easy installation — no need to hook it into an existing central heating system (many homes throughout the world do not have cental heating installed)
- There are many places in the world with warmer climates where central heating is not really needed, and where it is not even installed. Space heaters would be ideal for cooler weather in those areas
- Perfect for use in cabins, tents, patios, outdoor settings, etc.
There would be engineering issues to deal with, however, with such a heater. Some kind of cooling system would be necessary to prevent the E-Cat overheating and shutting down. If water is the cooling medium, plumbing would be needed, meaning that the heater may not be as portable as we are used to with current space heaters. If the heater was close to a window it might be possible to cool the reactor with outside air into the E-Cat also, perhaps in combination with water.
If we start thinking about space heaters, why not consider space coolers too? There may be ways to make E-Cat window air conditioners as well, since cooling is apparently possible with this technology. Portable stoves for indoor and outdoor cooking might be possible as well.
The interesting thing here is that Rossi seems to be interested in the idea, and if he gets to work on this, we might see something happen. He has always said that he learns a great deal from the comments and questions of his readers, and here is an example of that principle at work. I hope we hear more about this soon.