Rossi on Resolved QuarkX Problems

A little status update from Andrea Rossi was posted on the Journal of Nuclear Physics yesterday, in response to a question about what problems they have resolved with the QuarkX over the last six months.

He wrote:

Andrea Rossi
November 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM
Rosenbur:
Thank you for your comment.
We had many problems to resolve:
– start and stop the reaction in seconds: done
– harness the overheating caused by the very high temperature: done
– producing direct current: done, even if its use remains confined inside the reactor increasing the heat
– producing a high COP: done
– make it in a way to consent an easy passage to the industrialization in big series: done
– make a very long and uninterrupted operation to collect Sigma5: on course in one of our labs
– make sophisticated measurements: on course
Warm Regards,
A.R.

So from what Rossi reports, things seem to be going very well in the R&D phase. Starting and stopping the E-Cat reaction in seconds is an important feature, which apparently was not always possible with the E-Cat. Now, according to Rossi here, the QuarkX is not being optimized for direct electrical production. He had said previously that you can adjust the ratio of electricity to heat production, but they have made a decision to optimize heat output, which Rossi says is the most economic way to produce electricity for now (via steam turbines).

Of course there’s no confirmation here, so we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out before getting too excited. Hopefully Rossi will follow through on his plans on having a presentation of the QuarX next year and we can get a much more concrete picture of what’s going on.

Here’s another interesting exchange from the JONP:

Tyler Bozak
November 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
I have the sensation that the QuarkX results are “too good to be true” and for this reason you are so conservative before introducing it. Am I correct?
Godspeed,
Tyler

Andrea Rossi
November 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM
Tyler Bozak:
You are correct.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

  • sam

    Nils Fryklund
    December 2, 2016 at 7:46 AM
    Dear Andrea!
    1. When do you think we can read the ERV-report of the 1MW-plant?
    2. Is the manufacturing of the 1MW-plant stopped during the trial?
    3. If not, has the customer got his two ordered 1MW-plants?
    Thank you for your important work.
    Warm regards
    Nils Fryklund

    Andrea Rossi
    December 2, 2016 at 8:37 AM
    Nils Fryklund:
    1- when it will be disclosed in Court
    2- no
    3- no
    Warm Regards
    A.R.

    JPR
    December 2, 2016 at 6:08 AM
    Update?

    Blackhawk
    December 2, 2016 at 3:26 AM
    Do you think that sooner or later we will have a domestic apparatus with the Rossi Effect, or this technology will be confined in the industrial environment?
    Cheers,
    Blackhawk

    Andrea Rossi
    December 2, 2016 at 5:42 AM
    Blackhawk:
    We are working to make possible also the household applications.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.

    Mario
    December 2, 2016 at 3:27 AM
    Dear Dr Andrea Rossi:
    Can you update us about the situation of your patents, pending and in preparation?

    Andrea Rossi
    December 2, 2016 at 5:41 AM
    Mario:
    I have consolidated the applications in 60 patents, between pending and in preparation, for which I am confident that many of them will be allowed, eliminating all the ones that I considered scarcely allowable, based on my experience in the matter.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.

  • Anon2012_2014

    More crumbs without substantiation of whatever it is that he is doing with Ecat-X.

    I _want_ Rossi to be successful, but I have no idea what is happening from these snippets he releases on JONP.

  • artefact

    On JONP:

    “Gerard McEK November 23, 2016 at 9:51 AM
    Dear Andrea,
    Further to Hank Mills, I have some additional questions about the QuarkX:
    You once replied to me that it was easier to control a thousand 20W Quarks than one E-cat X of 20 kW.
    1. Don’t individual QuarkX’s need an individual electric control connection if used in a cluster?
    2. Have you ever tried and succeeded to control a cluster?
    3. Have you already produced QuarkX clusters with robots?
    4. Is the choice of the new and more robust reactor wall material one of the reasons to put more focus on heat production and not on light and direct production of electricity?
    Thank you for answering our questions.
    I wish you success with the 5 Sigma test.
    Kind regards, Gerard

    Andrea Rossi November 23, 2016 at 3:12 PM
    Gerard McEk:
    1- no
    2- yes
    3- no
    4- no
    Warm Regards, A.R.”

    • Rene

      “1. Don’t individual QuarkX’s need an individual electric control connection if used in a cluster?”
      I envisioned a metal plate substrate with machined shallow wells, an insulating spacer grid and another metal plate with little machined spikes. Drop the little quarks in each well, squeeze the two plates together and you end up with a myriad of quarks powered in parallel. You could get fancy with the spikes to form an X/Y array permitting selective powering. All that could be converted into an automated build process. Toss in cooling channels to balance heat loads, extract the heat off the pates or the coolant. That still does not address the issue of thermal excursions, issues similar to what happens when a myriad lithium battery cells are jam packed into a hug assembly like Tesla’s PowerWall and a few of the cells get really hot. They too have exotic cooling. Maybe the “Silicon Valley” engineer he brought in was a Tesla person.
      I suspect Rossi is at this stage, trying to figure out how to make a production ready system that doesn’t melt down. Control issues again. We have no indications from him one way or the other, so again it is wait and see. Proof is in the product.

  • MasterBlaster7

    Good update, good update.

  • Brokeeper

    This is significant:

    Andrea Rossi
    November 22, 2016 at 2:47 PM
    I think that by February the process of consolidation will have been completed. F8.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.

    • Rene

      I wouldn’t put too much into that one. There is a huge difference between lowering the size and heat output in one device to avoid thermal destruction versus taking hundreds or thousands of the smaller ones and placing them very close to each other on a common substrate where they now interact thermally. He needs to conduct thermal stability tests with the assemblies. Will that yield the need to further reduce the size of the units? It still seems that his control issues are not solved, only partly mitigated.

      • Pekka Janhunen

        I would guess there are coolant channels between the units.

      • Jimr

        You are correct. I was going to also ask him if he has tested them in a series and parralell configuration. I know he has said he was testing three, I hope he was not testing simply three bullet sized Quarkx only.

        • Jimr

          Gerard Mc entry has partially answered my question.

  • sam

    Roberto
    November 22, 2016 at 11:12 AM
    Caro Andrea
    Can you tell us if the rating of 20 W is final for the elementary modules ot the QuarkX systems?

    Andrea Rossi
    November 22, 2016 at 2:43 PM
    Roberto:
    So far, yes. Is the safest solution we found and assembly them in thousands is easy with the robots.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.

  • sam
    • Omega Z

      Recently they multiplied the number of galaxies by 10.

  • orsobubu

    Amen.

  • Teemu Soilamo

    Regarding the ongoing QuarkX testing and the fabled “February 2017” presentation, do you remember how that date first came about? Cause I do:
    >>>
    Rhames
    October 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM
    Is it possible that the official presentation of the QuarkX will be made around February 2017?

    Andrea Rossi
    October 16, 2016 at 4:05 PM
    Rhames:
    Yes.
    Warm Regards,
    A.R.
    >>>
    That’s right; some random guy just asked Rossi if he would make a presentation in February! So, it was either

    1. Rossi asking himself.
    2. Rossi going along with him to buy some convenient extra time.
    3. The guy magically guessing the exact month that Rossi was planning to make the presentation anyway.

    • Timar

      The answer is almost certainly 1), like for most of the questions on Rossi’s blog.

      • Gerrit

        all “those people” continuously congratulating Rossi out of the blue with his patent grant was very obvious to me.

    • Omega Z

      Teemu,

      The February date usually includes the quantifier (F8).

      It also was not just a random date by a random guy. February was obviously picked with purpose. Rather then state-

      ->” do you remember how that date first came about?”

      You should state why would that date be selected?

      Do “YOU” know what is special about February???

      Cause I Do:

    • sam

      Janne
      November 22, 2016 at 6:23 PM
      Dear Andrea,

      On October 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM, Rhames asked you:

      “Is it possible that the official presentation of the QuarkX will be made around February 2017?”

      To which you answered, “yes”.

      This was the first mention of the February 2017 presentation on your site. Pretty interesting that Rhames guessed the date that you were planning to make the presentation by chance. 🙂

      Best Regards,

      Janne

      Andrea Rossi
      November 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM
      Janne:
      I answered “yes” to a possibility, not to something I was certain of.
      Warm Regards,
      A.R.

    • Pekka Janhunen

      Or 4., Some guy who had heard February being mentioned earlier in some private conversation with Rossi or some insider.

    • artefact

      5. Or Rossi wrote on JONP in February 2015 that an important test starts. (can’t remember)

  • Wholewitt

    Thor thanks you for your support.

  • BillH

    A working 1MW plant would have earned something in the region of $300,000 over the last 9 months not pursuing this commercially(if it works reliable) would seem like flushing money down the drain. The money could be used to finance development on the QuarkX if that’s the way he wants to go?

    • Omega Z

      At that rate, within 4 or 5 years Rossi could afford to buy a McDonalds franchise. Then He’d be making the big bucks…

      • BillH

        Steamed beef burgers, now there’s an idea!

  • LilyLover

    Funny that we have begun to expect such a big news from Rossi as “no big deal” – tells me that most here have believed him after his oath declaration regardless of their own spiritual belief. So, this post-acceptance blasseness is more encouraging and profound.