See the E-cat run in <br/>self-sustained mode

2011-09-14 06:00 Mats Lewan  

Just over half an hour without external energy input. Ny Teknik assisted recently in a test where the ‘E-cat’ invented by Andrea Rossi was run in self-sustained mode.

(Swedish version here, and Italian here).

At the new test, the E-cat was first run for 90 minutes assisted with a thermal electric power input of 2.6 kilowatts. The electric power was then cut off and the E-cat continued to operate for 35 minutes without external energy input.

The test was subsequently terminated at our request, for practical reasons and time constraints. It would otherwise have continued, and according to Rossi the electrical resistance would then have been switched in at full power for ten minutes after each time interval of 30 minutes with self-sustained operation.

During the test a new model of the E-cat was used, the one that has been implemented in the one-megawatt plant that according to Rossi will be launched in the U.S. in October.

Ny Teknik’s pictures of the plant, which is almost completed and is now being shipped to the United States, can be found here.

The new model was significantly larger and heavier than the previous ones. It measured about 50 x 60 x 30 centimeters and weighed about 80 kg when empty of water. Consequently it is not as easy as before to rule out alternative sources of energy inside the E-cat, especially from a relatively short test as the one we undertook.

The new test was performed at Ny Teknik's initiative. One of the motives was the discussion that has been going on during the summer regarding energy calculations for the E-cat, including the issues with steam quality.

As in previous tests, water was pumped into the E-cat during operation, and evaporated into steam. No measurements of steam quality were made but we found that:

- The temperature inside the E-cat, which we assume is the steam temperature, reached over 130 degrees, while the pressure was probably about one atmosphere.

- The steam was invisible at the outlet indicating high steam quality.

- Directly at the outlet we observed water flow corresponding to about half of the input water flow. This water may have been condensed steam, but we considered it to be non-evaporated water.

The energy calculation of the test was not entirely obvious. See our detailed report here.

In a kind of worst-case scenario, one could conclude that the developed power output in self-sustained mode was at least of the order of 3.5 kilowatts. At most, it may have been close to eight kilowatts.

Ny Teknik's conclusions disclose no hard scientific evidence, but should be viewed as a summary of our preliminary observations.

Rossi claims that the new model can deliver up to 27 kilowatts, but that he has lowered its output deliberately, to run it in self-sustained mode while maintaining stability and security.

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Note: In the video above, at 6:05 minutes, I say that the time is 22:10, which is wrong. Correct time should be 23:10 (see the detailed report).

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READ MORE: Our complete coverage on Rossi's E-cat can be found here.

The E-cat

The 'energy catalyzer' is loaded with nickel powder and a number of secret catalysts and is pressurized with hydrogen gas. Excess heat is possibly produced via an unknown nuclear reaction, involving nickel and hydrogen.

Mats Lewan


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