The first folks to put up money for the Andrea Rossi E-Cat are the territorial distributors. Whatever any of us might think, these folks have the wherewithal and fortitude to get in for the business future. What the business might turn out to be is still quite the item for discussion, but 150 years ago the smartest doctors said there were no germs.
More time will tell.
Brian Wang found an interview of a distributor in Italy that is formatted in “ten questions” that are sure to have been edited both for clarity and brevity. We also have to deal with a Google translation to learn what’s been said.
Luciano Saporito interviewed Aldo Proia, Chairman and CEO of Prometeon Ltd. a licensee company of the E-Cat in Italy.
Briefly, so as not to over run Saporito’s work we’ll have a quick summary.
First, Proia said the E-Cats running at low temps such as 120ºC are for sale now and the guarantee is for a co-efficient of power or COP, of 6. This sort of model still needs an electric power source. The high temperature version E-Cat at a suggested temperature of 600ºC is still in development. Proia suggests there is more news to come further out in time.
On the matter of competing interests stopping the development of Cold Fusion or LENR or whatever the description becomes, Proia believes that in today’s world technology is very hard to stop. What one country will impede, another will take up.
On the sales front Proia relates the facts as his firm practices them. Prometeon selects the first customers, which must meet certain requirements. Then, after this initial phase lasting at least 6 months, the company will consider a massive sales program. Obviously Proia and his firm would dearly love to speed things up, but progress is subject to the research and development pace.
For the questioning minds the idea of “seeing” a working commercial unit at 1 MW thermal depends on the customers. Prometeon will not be disclosing customer information without the prior authorization by the customer. In any case, requests will not be possible for several months after installation and then will still depend on the consent of the customer.
A couple questions focus on the local Italian economic effects. Here Proia doesn’t come directly to an answer, rather points to the nature of the savings and the market limitations both in Italy and the U.S. Saporito asks about the employment impacts for which Proia considers that E-Cats may well improve locally to an E-Cat’s employment conditions.
Proia addresses the early adopter risk of becoming outdated with new research and development. Here the issue is for now simple. As E-Cats are fueled for six months a refueling would contain the latest developments.
What is this Prometeon firm? It’s the sole licensee for Italy and the Republic of San Marino, of the Energy Catalyzer or E-Cat. It may even be a one-man business.
There is a bit of insight on the E-Cat on the Prometeon site. The nickel and hydrogen is pretreated, supplied by a special “tablet” containing a special molecule, which liberates hydrogen during heating of the reaction chamber and then reabsorbs during cooling.
An E-Cat works commercially with an alternating series of stages of heating with long periods of complete self-sufficiency: a little like a clothing iron, which turns on and off continuously, with the difference that an E-Cat produces power even when “off”.
There’s not much here for either the advocates or naysayers. But it’s noteworthy that the outside marketing money is speaking out now. This and much of the information is parallel to the information that has stayed steady from Mr. Rossi.
With that we’ll wish all of those involved, all the way to the discreet customers the best of success and a wish for a little public information that the rest of us can use to start looking to own an E-Cat ourselves.