A question posted on Andrea Rossi’s Journal of Nuclear Physics site raises an interesting question. Jim Rice asks:
Regarding all the different turbines, etc. proposed to utilize the heat from an e-cat; it seems to me that your task should simply be to provide the best heat module possible for sale, and allow others to add electricity, heat pumps, etc., rather than trying yourself to become experts in turbine, electricity generation, and other technologies.
You may want to allow others to add value by adding other capabilities to the e-cat, similar to Apple’s strategy of producing iPhones and allowing others to create the applications. The more people that can create add-ons to your heat module, the more valuable it will become.
Good point, we could also leave to others the task to apply electric generators and other optionals, like air conditioners, but in this phase we have to do it, to help the basic technology. I think in future it will go the way you say, as it is already for the heaters: the E-Cat has not been designed to compete with the existing heaters, but to be applied to all the existing heaters.You are right, anyway.
It would make sense that once working E-Cat units are on the market that Leonardo Corp. would provide additional options. After all they have the luxury of being the only people who know the details of the E-Cat design, and they can work at the moment without competition in this area. I expect that once working E-Cats come on the market, especially the small cheaper 10 kW versions, that there will be plenty of ingenious people who will try to find ways to use these units in ways that they were not initially designed for — perhaps rigging up these units to work as clothes dryers, patio heaters, pool heaters, etc.
Opening up the E-Cat for third party addons could be a smart move for Leonardo as it would stimulate the creative juices of inventors and engineers who have skills and talents beyond those of Rossi and his associates, and could help very much to speed up the proliferation of LENR technology while at the same time establishing the E-Cat as an LENR industry standard. In addition, Leonardo’s competitive position would be greatly strengthened if the E-Cat were indeed sold at the lowest possible price.