Rossi on QuarkX Problems and Solutions

While we don’t have very much detail on the issues involved, Andrea Rossi has been reporting on the Journal of Nuclear Physics on some problems that have come up in testing the QuarkX reactor (the latest and smallest version of the E-Cat so far)

There are two specific events he has referred to recently. The first was on August 20th where he stated:

“Lost the power, not knowing why. Eventually we understood and resolved the problem. F8.”

Shortly after, he reported:

“The problem was in the control system. The electronic engineer resolved it.”

Then, on August 24th he reported:

“We have problems to resolve and we are working on them very hard.”

When asked about the type of problem this was, he said that this was a different problem, and later that it had been resolved:

“Now, at 10.42 P.M. ( Miami time) we have resolved the problem and the QuarkX is going well. The Team can go to sleep… me too. It was a problem of stability.”

Another questioner asked Rossi “Rating from 1 ( lowest) to 10, which is the rate you deem proper right now for the behavior of the QuarkX?” Rossi’s answer was “6.”

So it sounds to me like there are still issues to be worked on with the QuarkX. Rossi’s team is still in the R&D phase with it, and that it is not yet suitable for a commercial product. I think his is to be expected with a brand new technology that is still immature, and these reports can maybe help us set realistic expectations with regard to commercialization of the QuarkX.

  • cashmemorz

    Have you put in an application to him or his company?

  • sam

    Daniel G. Zavela
    August 27, 2016 at 10:11 AM
    Dear Dr. Rossi,

    Based on your recent comments about reliability and progress with the QuarkX, I wonder if this cell version using near sub-micron materials requires such a level of purity and material consistency that it is actually 2 generations past the Hot Cat? Would an intermediate cell size of 10 mm diameter or more and 10 cm or so in length be easier and faster to develop?

    You always take on the hard tasks. Best of luck with your research.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel G. Zavela

    Andrea Rossi
    August 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM
    Daniel G. Zavela:
    Thank you for your attention to the work of my Team. Yes, the QuarkX is not an easy ting, but it is worth the while. Its development, anyway, does not make an impedance for the classic E-Cat.
    Warm Regards,

    August 27, 2016 at 6:03 AM
    Dear Andrea Rossi,
    I loved the 2 years ager comment. It mirrors your nature of experimentalist.
    How is working the Quarkx today ?

    Andrea Rossi
    August 27, 2016 at 10:55 AM
    right now, Saturday at noon, is working in good standing.
    Warm Regards,

  • Obvious

    I wonder where the lab is that he and his Team are working in.

  • Alan DeAngelis
  • Obvious

    IH has already bought, paid for, and opened many, and built many. Without success.
    They even built the Lugano reactor, and the 1MW reactor parts.

    • cashmemorz

      Just goes to show what I have stated on another LENR topic: “there are few successful LENR researchers who are able to get the basic machine to work. To make a more efficient machine or bomb (or other variation) takes one to another level of understanding of the machine.” That is why it takes time to make the basic machine. And another bunch of time to get another or better variation of the same.

    • roseland67


      So what does that tell you?
      It raises 2 giant red flags to me,
      Either it doesn’t work as stated,
      OR, Rossi is holding out valuable info, without which, successful reproduction is impossible.

  • sam

    August 26, 2016 at 3:46 PM
    is the e cat quark x more or less reliable ,stable ,consistent then the larger e cats

    Andrea Rossi
    August 26, 2016 at 4:01 PM
    Not yet.
    Warm Regards,

  • sam

    I Karl-Henrik Malmqvist
    August 26, 2016 at 2:23 PM
    Dear Andrea,
    You said that you have at least 3 QuarkX units working. Are the units performing identical or do they have individual differences in performance? When going into production you will get some variations (concentration, purity, particle size) in different batches from the chemical suppliers. Do you think it will take a lot of development time to adapt the installation and control system to handle these variations?
    Best Regards,
    Karl-Henrik, Sweden

    Andrea Rossi
    August 26, 2016 at 3:09 PM
    Karl-Henrik Malmqvist:
    1- Moreless identical
    2- Good point.
    Warm Regards,

  • Observer

    You can not have a cookie until they come out of the oven. And even then, it is prudent to wait awhile or you may burn your fingers.

    Let go of the us-against-them-ism; it is the source of all evil.

  • Observer

    What you call “replication”, industry calls theft.

    Many U.S. companies have had the honor of having their technology “replicated”.
    Many of them have been driven out of business.

  • So now that Rossi no longer works with IH, who is left on his “Team”?

    • sam

      August 24, 2016 at 5:01 PM
      Dr Andrea Rossi,
      Do you still have professional contacts with any of the members of the team that worked with you during the 1 MW Ecat test?
      Thank you if you can answer,

      Andrea Rossi
      August 25, 2016 at 8:33 AM
      Warm Regards,

  • sam

    August 25, 2016 at 2:55 PM
    Dr Andrea Rossi
    If the QuarkX will work, its price per kW will be lower that the price of the E-Cat like the one tested by the customer for one year?

    Andrea Rossi
    August 25, 2016 at 7:13 PM
    Warm regards,

    • sam

      Tom Conover
      August 25, 2016 at 7:49 AM
      Good morning Andrea!

      Sounds like a difficult day yesterday. I celebrate with you your victory over the control system on the QuarkX last night. Question if I may …

      Do you still test the control system for a single QuarkX module, or have you started to test with more than one module?

      Godspeed, kind sir!


      Andrea Rossi
      August 25, 2016 at 8:36 AM
      Tom Conover:
      Yesterday it was not the control system, like the last week. It was a problem of stability, not due to the control system. We are testing more than one module.
      Warm Regards,

  • sam

    Besides the Electrical Engineer does
    anyone have an opinion of what other
    types of Engineers,etc would be
    working on the Quark:X R&D team.

  • Rene
  • Jimr

    And I would bet that within a few days someone will ask when Rossi thinks it will be ready for mass production. He should answer not before 2020. About a year ago Bill Gates said he felt a new energy source would be available in 10-15 years, I think he was referring to LENR. He is more familiar with the length of time it takes to develop a new technology/product than most of us.

  • Observer

    Quark X Operating conditions:

    continuous temperatures above 1500C
    continuous photon bombardment
    large AC and/or DC electric fields
    size: 30mm long, 1mm in diameter
    anticipated period of continuous operation: at least 6 months

    From a materials stand point, what could possibly go wrong?

    • Ophelia Rump

      You are so correct, those Halogen bulbs will never work.

    • Eyedoc

      are you sure about the 1mm diameter ??

    • Axil Axil

      What does “continuous photon bombardment” mean?

      • Observer

        At 1500C, alumina is transparent and conducting. The light of the Quark X is more than just black body radiation.

        • Axil Axil

          Rossi said that he could adjust the color of the light that the Quark produced. He also said that the blue/red light that surrounded the Quark was not the same as the light produced inside the quark.

  • MasterBlaster7

    Hey, lets get the Sopwith Camel in the air first before we start worrying about the stealth bomber; haha.

    They are building a 15 billion dollar machine ‘with a B’ in the south of France; they are looking for a COP of 1.0000000000001 in about 10-15 years.

    We have a 50 COP ready to go and a 200 COP in development.

    So, like, priorities, right? Factory updates please.