According to a post today from Andrea Rossi, the clock is ticking and the pressure is on regarding the 1 MW plant that is currently under test. In a reply to georgehants, who asked Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics whether the plant was “producing energy that is literally being used in a productive capacity at the customers premises.”
February 5th, 2015 at 6:49 AM
Yes, the 1 MW plant is for to generate energy necessary to the Customer of IH to make its production in his premises.
Yes, for the first 400 days of operation is allowed now and again a “pit stop” to make adjustments and improvements, along with regular maintainance. The important is that within 400 days the plant makes its full production for at least 365 days. This means that during the first period of 400 days we have at our disposal a maximum of 35 days of stop to make improvements, adjustments and maintainance. The operation is intended 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
I followed up with a question asking whether the 400 days has started yet, and Rossi responded, ‘Yes’.
Recently when asked about when the test period would be over, Rossi said he supposed it would be no sooner than November, and by the end of February. I guess the team is minding the plant around the clock, to ensure that they can keep the plant running in a manner that they can meet the stated goal. Any ‘pit stop’ will probably need to be managed just like is done for Formula 1 cars!