I think this is the first piece of information that Rossi has released with regards to certification of the domestic E-Cats. On Saturday I sent this question to Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics:
In the recent interview you held with Free Energy Systems you mentioned that the recharging of the fuel for the domestic E-Cat would be done by an approved contractor. In the past you have said that the consumer could replace their own fuel cartridges. Will this still be possible? Charges for service calls can be quite high, as you know — and if the recharge is as simple as changing the refill in a pen, it should not be a problem for most users.
You are right: I said so before the certification process; the certificator demands that the refuel is made by a certified operator.
So far Rossi has been very tight lipped about anything involved in the certification process but we now have learned a little about what their requirements are. Requiring a contractor to come to homes twice a year is going to add quite a lot of cost to the ownership of a domestic E-Cat — the service charge will cost far more than the fuel involved. Probably the concern of the certifiers is because of the possible exposure to toxic nickel powder, which seems rather overblown since the cartridge is probably tightly sealed until it is inserted into the E-Cat reactor. Anyone who pumps gasoline into a car is risking exposure to a toxic substance, and that doesn’t seem to be a safety concern in most places.
However Rossi is going to submit to the demands of the certifying bodies — he really has no choice if he wants to get these units on the market — but this news will probably be somewhat of a disappointment to the customers who, according to Rossi, have so far pre-ordered around 600,000 domestic units. This requirement will mean the cost of E-Cat power in the home will be more than many had hoped for.