Hydro Fusion, the Swedish license holders for Andrea Rossi’s eCat is making an interesting offer to entice a potential Swedish customer to test the water and act as a showcase for the technology. I’m not sure what to think of this. On the one hand it is interesting but I cannot help wonder why such a complicated dance would be required if the device simply worked as advertised. Potential customers could send their own engineers to Rossi to check the system out prior to buying. Why is it so hard?
I put the development under Interesting and Confusing
10 Jun 2013/in News/by adminHydro Fusion is looking for a Pilot Customer for the first ECAT 1 MW Plant to operate in Sweden. The customer will only pay for the energy produced by the ECAT, i.e. Hydro Fusion and Leonardo Corporation will take responsibility for all associated costs including: the plant itself, installation and any transportation costs. In return the Pilot Customer agrees upon
- Scheduled Installation time by late fall 2013.
- Hydro Fusion and Leonardo Corporation to use the Pilot Plant as a Showcase where external customers can be introduced to an ECAT 1 MW in operation.
Hydro Fusion is open to any type of heat application given the restriction of a maximum 120 C temperature. The ECAT’s energy specifications are:
- Heat energy is produced according to specs.
- Heat energy 1 MW thermal at up to 120 C
- Heat exchanger from ECAT system to customer heat application.
- Electricity is consumed according to specs.
- 250 kWe maximum power consumption
- 166 kWe average power consumption, i.e. COP=6
Hydro Fusion would like to receive quotations from Pilot Customers on both thermal MWh price and electric MWh price, based on an assumption of 7,000+ operating hours per year. Please specify clearly if your quotes depend on the outdoor temperature.
Pilot Customers, with an interest in this game changing technology, are kindly asked to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Pilot Customer” in the subject of the email.
For more info see, ECAT 1 MW Plant.
[With thanks to Harry Veeder on Vortex]
Details of the mysterious figure presented as the 1MW customer rep in October of last year have now been revealed. Many sceptics doubted he even existed but now they will most certainly doubt his impartiality (or assume he is Rossi’s employee or partner). Indeed, accusations fly that the more we know the more it stinks. To me, while the revelation is hardly good news for Rossi, it is difficult to conclude anything definitive. It is just one more brick in the wall.
Domenico Fioravanti, it seems, is ‘Cures’ – the handle responsible for the ‘leaked’ information about the so-called hot-cat. The unfortunate revelation that this is the person who supposedly gave the thumbs-up on behalf of the secret military outfit touted as the first e-Cat customer (who did not seem too bothered about picking up their purchase) is a double whammy bound to put the nail in the coffin for some and understandably so.
I try to balance the over-belligerent sceptics with a dose of non-judgmental caution but Rossi does not make it easy. The new information is highly suspicious. That said, our suspicions have been aroused for a while and this is just one more concern among many. Yet again, it seems to be a point score for the meannies. We can believe that this is an innocent conjunction of old acquaintances being reunited in a mutually beneficial contract or we can see it as an attempt to paper over the fact that the ‘Cures’ post was a fake leak by an insider (who was actually working with Rossi all along) to spin a photo of a standard furnace as ‘proof’ that miracles were happening in e-Cat land and to cover the cracks propagating along the secret customer’s independent tester story.
When Defkalion painted themselves into a corner by promising to reveal details of seven independent ‘well-known’ testing organizations and their results, I thought no company would do such a thing if they did not intend to deliver – it would be stupid. When they simply stood up and walked through the paint when the time came, I decided to accept nothing they said in the future until they demonstrate something substantial. That did not happen in NI Week and we are still waiting with nothing but a sliver of wishful thinking. Our next opportunity to be surprised will come at ICCF 17 in Korea. I wait in hope but not expectation. To me, Defkalion has a long credibility hill to climb and all the signs are that they will struggle to make it. While it is not in my nature to accuse people of criminal acts without solid proof, it is sensible to distrust anything they say until they back it with evidence. As soon as they do, they will be championed and deserve it.
I hope the same sorry pattern does not unfold for Rossi. With his new claim of October testing at the University of Bologna, the credulous part of me thinks that he would not paint himself into such a time-limited corner if there was no substance to his word. The sceptic within then slaps me in the face and recalls all the previous misdirections and ‘misunderstandings’ and chastises the other half of me for being a mug. Who knew schizophrenia could be so entertaining?
I cling to hope by my fingertips but the rock-face is crumbling.
Andrea… Show the world that you are the man you profess to be. I for one will applaud you. The University of Bologna has been a key player in indirectly lending its reputation to this saga from the beginning. I look forward to finally hearing from them that the eCat has landed. Those who accuse you of being a lying con artist willing to use the suffering of sick children as a prop in your game need to be shown how mistaken they are.
We optimists like to bathe in the possibility for positive change. We dream of a better eCat-driven world where oil-wars are a thing of the past, abundant clean energy cures the planet and the poor of the world are propelled to prosperity. We wait in hope that our savior has come.
And we wait.
In the spaces of the day where hope lives, I like to imagine a military organization smart enough to buy the first eCat and then order more. Since October last year, the mystery customer has known without doubt that everything is about to change. Privileged members know that the gears of finance will soon accelerate, that theater-feeding supply lines will reshape themselves, that it makes no sense for their country to build another nuclear power station or long-distance power line, that their nation is in the enviable position of being at the head of the queue for the new order.
It is important to stress that – for the people in question – we are no longer talking about science and what-ifs but absolute proof of a working, scalable, clean, safe, inexpensive, inexhaustible, compact replacement for oil that will do all of the above and build a road to the stars. We also know that – being a rank based organization – the boss has been informed.
And his boss.
In the story I tell myself, I find no logical scenario where that country’s president or prime minister does not now know the truth of the eCat and probably has for the last eight months. Here is a clue to figuring out which nation is the lucky winner. Italy? The USA? Greece? A major strategic, top-level, decision that has not taken this gem into account would indicate a lack of knowledge. If any should swing towards building more nuclear power plants, we can rule them out. A plan to fill the deserts with mirrors or the hills with spinning blades on a massive scale or a treaty signed that makes no sense would be the smoking gun that tells us that they have not been chosen.
My crystal ball is cloudy. The optimist refuses to die. Big ships are slow to manoeuvre, the arms of government semi-autonomous. The lucky leader is playing the long game, insider trading for the changes to come.
In that story, the boss knows and in another the eCat does not exist. We are all detectives.