Andrea Rossi, founder, leader, and technology driver at Leonardo Corporation has opened the ECAT LENR device’s web site where pre-orders can be made.  For those concerned about the risks, there isn’t a provision for funding, entering personal financial details or entering other revealing personal details.  One simply gets a place on the list.  Its kind of like “take a number” at a retail establishment.

For now the pre-order will only move to an order on the process heat 1 mega watt unit.  That would be due to the commercial nature, the ability to control liability, involve more high temperature experienced personnel, and get rolling sooner.  The home sized unit is some ways off, more in a moment.

ECAT 1 MW Plant at Low Resolution.  Click this link to go to the Leonardo  Corp page for larger versions of the photographs.  Image Credit:   Click image for a larger view.

ECAT 1 MW Plant at Low Resolution. Click this link to go to the Leonardo Corp page for larger versions of the photographs. Image Credit: Click image for a larger view.

The 1 MW unit contains 106 smaller ECAT units mounted in a shipping container.  A valve for topping off the hydrogen is on the front of each unit, together with an electrical connection to the immersion heater used to start the reaction.  Each ECAT 1 MW unit is constructed inside an international standardized 20 foot container that can easily be moved using different modes of transportation as with ships, air cargo, trains and trucks.

Each 1 MW unit consists of small parallel modules. Each reactor module contains three cores and consumes small amounts of treated nickel powder and hydrogen gas running under a pressure of approximately 15 bar. The plant is to be recharged by specially trained and certified personnel.

Of note, Mr. Rossi is still being quite careful.  Potential customers must comply with several criteria set by Leonardo Corporation in order to qualify for a purchase of an ECAT 1MW plant.  Don’t think you’ll be sneaking up on anything either, as pre-orders will be subjected to a routine due-diligence process.

The ECAT for homes is also a heat unit, not an electrical supplier.  An ECAT would provide hot water and space heating plus other heat needs like swimming pools, hot tubs and even driveway clearing.  More uses are sure to come up when heat gets really low cost.

The home sized model is being rigidly tested for certification and regulation procedures.  Just where that process began and where it might lead and finally end is very much an unknown.  Cold Fusion, or LENR or ECAT: all are new and for many a frightening idea.  One can be certain that every bureaucracy at every level is going to bedevil the progress.

On the plus side Mr. Rossi has set up an inquiry field on the home unit page that will load your contact information.  Interestingly, the first entry is a choice of buyer, investment, reseller, online affiliate, technology license, third party application, press and other.  There is a lot of room here, perhaps even some career opportunity.

The first impression of your humble writer is Mr. Rossi has raised his level of professionalism for the market.  No money allowed, it looks as if both sides of a deal will get full assurances and an opportunity for due diligence.  Before long one would expect one or more running units for inspections.  For all the miss steps early in the public domain, Andrea Rossi has admirably stepped up his game.  Congratulations on that are in order with a bit of thanks as well.

That makes for quite a Thanksgiving Day.  Should all the barriers to come in regulations, permitting and government interference be overcome, and Mr. Rossi make a commitment to start at an achievable price point both for the company’s growth as well as mass consumer acceptance this week is a historical milestone.

For now the conclusive “It Works!” hasn’t been heard, and that cry may not be an ‘event’ in the coming months.  So for today let’s give thanks for the ingenuity of mankind, the foresight and persistence of one and the promise of great hope for an energized future available to almost everyone.

Your humble writer thanks you and everyone else who stopped by over the past year.

Have a great day today.


6 Comments so far

  1. Daniel Bower on November 29, 2013 6:37 PM

    Dear Brian Westenhaus,

    I want to thank you for maintaining this website. It has been a great source of information and also inspiration. I echo your sentiment regarding thanks and best wishes to those who persist in finding sustainable and affordable sources of energy for humankind. May it be so.

  2. Ben on November 30, 2013 8:09 PM

    I see marketing, but no evidence of a working design, let alone prototype.
    I am not frightened; I would welcome cold fusion. I welcomed cold fusion 20 years ago and I am still waiting…and waiting…and waiting…waiting

  3. Graham on December 2, 2013 5:31 AM

    There’s still a huge leap of faith required here. I just hope some companies/industries big enough to be able to write-off any non-delivery (should that be the case) will take that leap and let the world know either way and a.s.a.p.

  4. Matt Musson on December 2, 2013 6:32 AM

    Is it true that Rossi is also taking orders for Turducken?

  5. BFast on December 2, 2013 10:40 AM

    There seems to be a groupthink thing going on here. Somehow the “buy an ecat” is flying around relatively mainstream sites. But nothing real has changed.

    E-catworld, the best independant source on the e-cat that I know of, is not supporting this position:
    As e-catworld frequently publishes interviews with Eng. Rossi, I would think that they would be the first to hoot if something were worth hooting about.

  6. on April 11, 2014 2:58 PM

    It’s really remarkable, You might be an awfully skilled writer.

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