Thanks to Stephen for posing some interesting questions to Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics about scaling down the E-Cat X. Here are his questions, along with Rossi’s responses.
I have a couple a small questions I have been curious about if I may.
1.Would the new materials developed for e-cat X also improve the reliability of the 1MW e-cat plant or are the issues there different?
A: the improvements are applicable also to the 1 MW E-Cat
2. Is there a theoretical smallest size that e-cat X can be made. Could it work for example with 10 kW units or even smaller?
A: it could be scaled down to few Watts
If 2 is possible:
3. Would it still have the same operation life?
A: I suppose yes, but it has to be experianced
4. Would it scale down in size in proportion to the change in power
5. Could it be made much smaller for integration in small mobile or small distributed devices?
This takes the E-Cat X in an interesting direction — moving away from industrial heating that is the purpose of the first E-Cat plants. If the E-Cat X is able to produce light and/or electricity as Rossi has hinted at, then there would be many potential applications it could be useful for, but one would expect there would be a lot of testing and refinement that would have to be done before putting small E-Cats on the market in consumer devices, since it is still in its very early stages.
I do think that in Andrea Rossi’s mind the E-Cat X is the future of his invention, especially if it is scalable up and down. It could fit the bill for large heating units as well as small ones.