Battery Powered E-Cats — Rossi asks for Help

Here’s an opportunity for the ECW crowd to maybe help Andrea Rossi out a little bit.

I have been thinking about the natural gas powered E-Cat which Rossi has said they are pursuing because of its cost efficiency (natural gas being much cheaper than electricity at the moment), and started thinking about the possibility of battery-driven E-Cats, where the electricity is generated from a ‘free’ fuel source like wind or solar. So I posted this question on the Journal of Nuclear Physics:

There is a lot of effort being expended these days into producing better batteries, and other energy storage devices that can be charged by ‘free’ fuels like solar and wind.

For example, Tesla Motors’ gigafactory (currently under construction) which will manufacture batteries for electric cars is planned to be powered solely by a combination of solar, wind and geothermal.

What are your thoughts on the possibility having battery driven E-Cats?

Rossi’s response:

Frank Acland:
It is an interesting idea: under a theoretical and technological point of view, I do not see why not. The issue is in the price: if the electric energy supplied by batteries will be competitive with other sources, the coupling between high efficiency batteries and the E-Cats will be surely possible. Have you an idea of the cost per kWh supplied by this new generation of batteries? I am curious.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

I don’t have a good answer to Rossi’s question, so I figured I would throw it open to readers here. I really think that with competitive battery technology, there could be a strong boost to the E-Cat. It seems the electric drive is a more well developed technology at this point, and potentially a useful solution, especially if battery or other energy storage technology is cost effective.

What’s a good answer to Rossi’s question?

  • Bernie777

    Alain Samoun, Allan Shura, The article below could be the reason why human caused climate change deniers do not react to scientific facts and why there are still well educated and affluent people still deniers.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-people-most-likely-to-be-climate-change-deniers-2014-9

  • Alain Samoun

    Not for the E-Cat but a deal($$) for users of diesel generators.

  • GreenWin

    If the good doctor AR wants help with battery technology – he should talk with Elon Musk. He’s got his finger on storage tech transfer. And a 1MW E-Cat would make a great Tesla SuperCharger.

  • Allan Shura

    It should be noted that there is at least one percent more carbon dioxide in the
    in the last few decades not present in human history. There are also record breaking temperatures with increasing frequency. The 20th century must have
    been a darn cold one if you are right, having been in the arctic in the 1970s
    as since then the rate of receding ice has added 7% more water to the atmosphere.

    • bachcole

      Look back farther. Look at the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period, and even farther back.

      • Alain Samoun

        BACHCOLE I do not want to disturb too much your sleep but:

        About 19.64 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) are produced from burning a gallon of gasoline that does not contain ethanol. About 22.38 pounds of CO2 are produced by burning a gallon of diesel fuel.

        EIA estimates1 that U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel consumption for transportation in 2013 resulted in the emission of about 1,095 and 427 million metric tons of CO2 respectively, for a total of 1,522 million metric tons of CO2. This total was equivalent to 83% of total CO2 emissions by the U.S. transportation sector and 28% of total U.S. energy-related CO2emissions.
        1.5 billion of tons = 1,500,000,000,000 Kg You don’t think that it has an effect on the atmosphere?
        From:

        http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=307&t=11