Rossi Wants E-Cat X Installed in Customer Factory by April (Updates with Q&A)

As we wait for the results of the 1MW plant test to be reported, Andrea Rossi is apparently working hard on the E-Cat X, and today announced a very ambitious and near-term goal. Here’s a Q&A from the Journal of Nuclear Physics today:

March 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM
Dr Andrea Rossi:
When do you hope to have the new E-Cat quarkX in operation for a customer ?

Andrea Rossi
March 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM
We are working very hard on the prototypes and I really hope to put in operation the first series of E-Cat quarkX in the factory of a Customer by April. We are working very hard on it in the laboratory of Leonardo Corporation. Today we mae another step forward.
Warm Regards,

Just to recap: the E-Cat quarkX refers to the small (100 W) E-Cat X reactors which Rossi says can be combined together to make E-Cat plants of any size. So when he says “series of E-Cat quarkX” he means a reactor or plant made up of these small modules.

So it sounds like Rossi is not wasting time waiting for the ERV report to be published before he embarks on a new commercial enterprise. I hope it will not require another year or more waiting to find out how this new version of the E-Cat performs.

UPDATE (March 15, 2016)

I followed up with some questions and AR provided answers:

Frank Acland
March 15, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Dear Andrea,

Regarding your plans for putting an E-Cat X Quark system at a customer site by April:

1. Do you have a customer who has agreed to use it? AR: Yes
2. Do you have a system already built that could be provided? AR: it is in preparation
3. Will this system require a year-long trial period like with the 1MW plant? AR: no
4. If 3. is no, how long of a trial period would be needed? AR: within 2016
5. Would it be possible for selected visitors to see the E-Cat X Quark working in the next few months? AR: yes

  • Steve Albers

    I would consider it a moral question as to whether we should allow ourselves to dominate Earth’s natural systems.

  • Omega Z

    Rossi is in for the royalties.

  • timycelyn

    Err ….. All depends where you live, and in particular, how high above the present sea level! If we were to go all nice and greenhouse-ey that would melt virtually all of the polar ice.

    So if you live below 300 ft above sea level you would have a different take on things, or need some really good waterproofing on your house.

    Even the current most optimistic UN trajectory risks inundating Pacific Islands, Bangladesh, New York, etc.

    So – nope.

    Having said that, it’s even more complicated. We should be going into an ice age round about now, but the enhanced CO2 levels are inhibiting this natural trend. This is a GOOD thing (from our viewpoint, at least!)

    It seems to me that what we have to strive for is not the simplistic “All extra manmade CO2 is bad” which your average nutty green will spout. Rather, a deeper understanding of our planet’s macro climate trends so that we can work out how the atmospheric level of CO2 must be managed against a slowly changing solar environment to keep our world at just the temperatures we all like, with the sea levels we all want….

    Modelling keeps moving along, and I would guess within ten years they will be able to do this with a pretty high degree of certainty. On the same timescale E-cat and related technology will be maturing and ready to take its place as a tool for helping in the management of that CO2 level.



  • US_Citizen71

    Stress and responsibility will rapidly age a man, look at every president of the United States. They all go grey and geniuses can forget to eat. Combine that with a year in a shipping container pulling the hours Rossi did and he looks like I expect he would.

    Personally I see no reason to stop giving him the benefit of the doubt. There are several investment entities pumping money at him, by now they would have to have seen something for them to continue to hang on. Millions are not pledged to a venture without facts that have been verified, not enough has been invested that any of the known entities couldn’t walk away at anytime. So if they are willing to wait a bit longer so am I.

  • Bob Greenyer

    Thanks, means a lot. We do what we do, it may not be perfect or right first time and there may be really annoying delays – but we are trying and anyone can tell us what we should be doing right if we are wrong – that is the beauty of Live Open Science.

  • Teemu Soilamo

    Mats Lewan:
    “Ok, I can now confirm that Rossi will attend the New Energy World Symposium, not as a speaker but interviewed by me on stage.
    In connection to the symposium, at a separate event, he says he will have some important announcements to make. No date defined.
    The decision to hold the symposium, however, still depends on the result of the one-year 1MW test being released and positive.
    Plans are proceeding meanwhile and there are now more than 200 attendees pre-registered. I’m also considering making it a two-day event, June 21-23, with an option to attend one day only.”

  • timycelyn

    Mmmm – careful with that one. Plants only lock up carbon if the plant’s eventual fate is to become part of a coal measure, peat, or the like.

    A lot of vegetation at the end of life releases it’s carbon either as CO2 (through combustion) or as methane though cows farting or other processes of rotting. Remember methane has 4x the GWP of CO2, as well).

    Fossil carbon is only really safely ‘locked away’ again if it is re-fossilised. This can be either by processes ongoing today in parts of the world where modest coal measures are being laid down (swamps etc, I guess), or oil (bottom of our oceans?), or -when we have abundant energy from the E-Cat – by using some of that to capture CO2 and use cute – but normally energetically unfavourable – processes for locking it up in a harmless, solid, stable form.

  • artefact

    On JONP:

    “Janne March 16, 2016 at 4:41 AM
    Dear Andrea,
    1. Is your planned June press conference connected in any way to Mats Lewan’s New Energy World Symposium, which will also take place in Stockholm that month?
    2. At that conference, will both the site and the identity of the customer be revealed?
    3. If 2 is a “yes” to both, will the customer be present and speaking at the conference?
    4. Will mainstream media be invited?
    5. Would you say there are still plans to commercialize the one-year 1 MW plant design?
    Best Regards, Janne

    Andrea Rossi March 16, 2016 at 7:23 AM
    1- yes
    2- I do not know
    3- I do not know
    4- we’ll see
    5- if the results from the ERV will be positive, yes, but we still do not know
    Warm Regards, A.R.

    • Gerard McEk

      AR knows the symposium would only go on if the test result is positive. So if these press conference and symposium are connected, than one must assume it is positive. I’ll be there anyway 😉

  • Gerard McEk

    Will Andres be on the symposium in Sweden mid June?

    Andrea Rossi
    March 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM
    Isaias Coberly:
    Yes, also today I am very satisfied for how she is working.
    I hope to make an important press conference in June in Sweden.
    Yes, Prof. Norman Cook is working with me for the theoretical interpretation of the Effect, and soon will reach me in my US laboratory, because we are very close to the solution of the puzzle.
    Warm Regards,

  • pg

    Frank could you ask, “can Mats Lewan or myself be among the selected visitors”?

    • Frank Acland

      That’s a question I would think is better for me to ask privately.

      • pg

        By all means.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    The smaller quark would have a larger surface to volume ratio than the larger E-Cat making it easier to exchange heat (maybe easier to control).

    • Bob Greenyer

      More easy to get photons out of for a range of applications more like!

    • Omega Z

      Why did Rossi’s team need to create a new ceramic for high temperatures when they already exist???

      Quark’s being very small could be brought to full power far faster then the previous Hot-cats. Instead of hours, it may only take minutes. However, there’s the issue of thermal shock when heating them up very fast and they may explode.

      A new ceramic formula quark reactor that is far more thermal shock resistant at a fraction of the size (Less mass less expansion) may make it possible to reach full power in minutes. There’s many implications here..

      Do you really want a 30KW E-cat car running 24/7. You could never enter a parking garage to access your cars. everything would be melted down. But if it’s powered by a 100W reactor in standby and the entire system ramps up in minutes, you’re good to go. Apply that to home systems. Scaleable energy on demand.

  • Karl Venter

    Hi Frank

    Can you ask Rossi how Big (kW electrical ) the unit for the factory is planned to be?