Many of us have been wondering about Defkalion’s stated progress (or otherwise) regarding official certification of their eCat derivatives. Since their divorce, it is interesting to note that Andrea Rossi states that he has completed CE compliance:
October 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 AM
The CE for the business to business has been done. For household applications not yet.
The following snips are from the wiki entry:
CE marking (originally EC mark) is a mandatory conformity mark for products placed on the market in the European Economic Area….
… It means that the manufacturer has verified that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements (such as safety, health, environmental protection requirements) of the applicable directive(s) or, if stipulated in the directive(s), had it examined by a notified conformity assessment body…
…The CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups in the European Economic Area (EEA), consisting of the 27 Member States of the EU and EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein…
…Depending on the level of risk of the product, the CE marking is affixed to a product by the manufacturer or authorised representative who decides whether the product meets all the CE marking requirements…
It seems as though self assessment is allowed and it is up to the manufacturer to decide on what is needed with reference to product category etc. While I suppose it is always possible to claim CE early in a product cycle without conforming (especially if the product category is not obvious), something as controversial as the eCat, that will likely be high-profile and definitely subject to safety considerations would have to be certified by an authorised body. This can be a private company but must be independent from the manufacturer.
Remembering that AR has extensive business experience in Italy and has dealt with serious amounts of energy before and remembering too that he has fallen foul of the rules in his Petroldragon days, it seems unlikely that his statement is anything other than as it says.
Of course, the rules for business to business are likely to be less stringent than those for sale to the public. ‘How different?’ is an interesting question. Ironically, perhaps by going big and targeting high-energy industries, certification is relatively easy to obtain.
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