Andrea Rossi has reported on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that the E-Cat X Reactor prototype he has been testing recently has broken again. This is the second time this new version of the Hot Cat has broken; the first time a component burnt out, and Rossi’s team had to make some kind of new material to fix it.
This time something similar seems to have happened. Rossi explains the problem:
September 25th, 2015 at 8:17 AM
The 1 MW E-Cat has problems with a leak that we are repairing.
The E-Cat X is fused because we reached a too high temperature and critical components are fused. We have to invent a new material for it and I am studying a new alloy that could have the necessary characteristics. I think we will have the new one in operation within a month. The materials existing in the market are not good, for one reason or another. We have to make a material that does not exist, but we know enough to make it.
Today is a hard day.
September 25th, 2015 at 7:49 PM
Too high temperature in a zone of the E-Cat X where materials are not the right ones. Today we bought what necessary to make a new material and I think in several weeks the E-Cat X will be again working.
It does not sound like Rossi is giving up on this reactor at all. He stated also: “Failures are are the food of successful outputs. I am extremely optimist about the E-Cat X.”
It’s interesting that Rossi says it will take several weeks for the E-Cat X to be working again — possibly there is some major work needed to create the new material, and then redesign the reactor to the point where it will be able to handle the high temperatures that this reactor is apparently operating at for long periods of time.