UPDATE #3 (Jun 10, 2016)
It looks like we can expect news about the E-Cat QuarkX on Monday when the current round of testing will be over. Here are a couple of Q&As on the Journal of Nuclear Physics.
Q: Has the QuarkX testing with your customer ended now — and what happens next?
June 10, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Frank Acland: no, we are working today and tomorrow too.
Monday I will give information about the situation.
Q: You confirm that Monday we will have information about the QuarkX ?
June 10, 2016 at 8:21 PM
Yes, good or bad as they might be.
UPDATE #2 (June 7, 2016)
Here are a couple of rather general comments from Andrea Rossi from today and yesterday on the Journal of Nuclear Physics about the QuarkX testing that has been going on for about a week now, according to AR:
Q: Without going into specific data (F8), how would you describe the reactions so far of your testing partners to what they are seeing in the E-Cat QuarkX testing? A: Optimistic
Q: Today was an important day in the testing for you, and we all are hoping that things went smoothly. Did the QuarkX(3) perform carefree for you today? A: Still very promising. We are working very hard and very well.
UPDATE #1 (May 31, 2016)
Here are some more questions about the testing (which apparently starts today) from Hank Mills, along with Rossi’s responses:
May 30, 2016 at 8:55 PM
1) Will there be an ERV or third party involved with the one week test of the Quark? 1- no
2) Are there specific goals or benchmarks that need to be met by this test? If so, what are they? 2- reliability, performance, safety
3) Will there be a comprehensive test report generated either by you, the customer, or the third party (if there is one)? 3- yes, obviously, but it will not be public
4) If a comprehensive test report is produced, when will it be shared with the public? 4- eventually, after an official certification-validation which will be also the “GO” to the manufacturing (F8)
5) How many Quarks will be utilized in the one week test? 5- three
6) Will photographs or videos be taken during the test? If so, will they be shared with the public? 6- no
7) How will the heat produced by the Quarks be measured? 7- putting on the hot surface the finger of somebody and see how loudly he cries ( audiometric measurement, a new patent of mine)
8) How will the electricity produced by the Quarks be measured? 8- same as above ( disconnecting the earth cable)
9) If the test is a complete and total success, what are your next steps forward in the near future? 9- see point 4
10) Will the Quark be ran in self sustain mode during the test for significant periods of time — for example a half hour or longer? 10- yes
Obviously some humor in there; it seems that there won’t be a third party independent tester, so I would assume that the potential partner will have their own people there to make measurements, as well as Rossi. Which would only make sense if you were checking out the E-Cat and considering making a commitment to use it. I think if the QuarkX can run in self-sustain mode while continuing to produce heat and electricity it would be quite an impressive achievement. Rossi says the QuarkX can run at above 1400 C, and if it can continue to run at those temperatures without any input (let along producing electricity), something unusual must be going on.
Andrea Rossi has stated on the Journal of Nuclear Physics that he planned to do some important testing of the E-Cat QuarkX in June. Yesterday he made another comment about this test on the JONP:
May 28, 2016 at 8:20 PM
As I said, At the end of May we will have a confined test that will close the preliminary R&D of the QuarkX. It will last a further week.
After that, we will prepare consequently.
In responses to some follow-up questions Rossi provided a little more detail
Q: Can you clarify what you mean by a “confined test” that will last a week? By this do you mean an enclosed test methodology where the System input energy and output energy are precisely measured with the test run continuously over a week duration?”
May 29, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Steven N. Karels:
Not at all: I just mean not public, restricted to a Partner and few of us.
Q: You say at the end of May you will start a confined test with the QuarkX that will last a week. Is this the test you mentioned that will take place with a potential partner/customer?
May 29, 2016 at 11:54 AM
So according to Rossi the test will start at the end of May — which means if it hasn’t started today it will apparently begin on Monday or Tuesday and run for a week. Rossi has previously said that the potential customer/partner is a group that could help them with production of the QuarkX, which makes me think it could be a Swedish company, since Rossi has said he is planning his first QuarkX production factory in Sweden.
I don’t think we can expect any kind of formal report to come out of this testing, so it may be a while to get any kind of third-party report about what went on. Rossi has said that details about the QuarkX will be provided after the conclusion of the R&D period — maybe this test will signal the ending of the preliminary testing. So maybe we’ll get some new information in some form or another.
UPDATE: Ross responded to a JONP reader about getting some information about this test:
May 29, 2016 at 2:39 PM
Thank you for your comment.
I agree: I will communcate the results, within the possible limits.