The details behind AR’s 1 million production push are beginning to gel thanks to a comprehensive interview on The Smart Scarecrow Show.
A tiny device somewhere between a cigar box and a laptop (not sure if this is just the core or complete system) it is destined for a $500 price tag with a small customer-replaceable ‘energy stick’ at $10 a pop. Lasting 6 months of constant use, a customer can buy a number of these and stock them. It appears to be a stand-alone heater and is with the Underwriter’s Lab for (UL) certification. Where this so, the company would have to have completed their design and built the device and be willing to make any changes as directed by UL.
For those uninterested in anything beyond concrete proof, you may want to sit this one out but for the rest of us trying to piece this thing together, the price drop and mass market prediction with sales over the Net now makes a lot more sense.
With the first factory in Florida, he is considering a second in Massachusetts.
There is a lot of detail in this interview so I’ll let you watch it before commenting further. Kudos to Sterling Allan for mining so many nuggets.
While I was compiling the following summary, Aussie Guy e-Cat posted his own excellent version in the comments section. Well worth reading and a thanks to him from me.
2007/2008 started getting LENR reactions. Sold other businesses. Asked Prof Focardi through Uni Bologna
to answer why his system/idea could not work. Bad news,Focardi saw no reason. Professor Focardi helped with radiation and safety.
Intention to produce energy useful for industrial applications
Distinction between industrial and domestic units.
Size about box of cigarretes. Powdered Ni and compressed H and catalyzer
Low energy Gamma heats lead andlead heats water outside reactor
For 1MW with ‘thin’ amount of H and Ni… Theory soon… Understood well.
No gas (exhaust) waste radiation etc – clean. No danger of meltdown – no radioactive materials
Should temp be too high Ni melts and stops working switches off
1st gen ecat heated facility for two tears but that facility now sold. However ecats at present working continuously in tests.
Only heat – 1 to 2 years for electricity
1 gm of matter (Ni or anything) 23,000 MWH of heat energy – if all global energy is eCat, still only 1% world production of Ni
Few public tests in past but make tests every day in production
Started UL tests
Prepping robotised factory for 1 million cats in US – love US – First factory in Florida. Now important to push price down. Want $500 tag. Hence robots and well-designed manufacturing lines
Will soon have lots of competitors.Trying to head off future reverse engineering by countries not respecting rights. Foresee China or other countries will do this – can’t compete on price – have to fight them with improving tech. You will be surprised at the high level of easyness for the eCat systems.
Study Solyndra and other companies to anticipate war (it is a war). We want to win.
Without catalyst it does no work. Many attempts in past did not work without catalyst. Once millions out there, simple for any lab to know and copy hence low price and engineering strategy
RFG – confidential but like oriental martail arts – forces that should fight against us (coloumb) used to help instead. Effect turn theoretical disadvantage to advantage
NI – helped enhance stability. This is useful in future to get electricity. Need 400 deg (Celcius) at least. Unstable reactor at that temperature. Currently up to 120 celcius stable. Now no power spikes. In theory, can put in series to get high temp but then unstable. Tremendous help from 1MW customer and NI (NI philosophy is to teach how to fish – this from NI first meeting when company man said they want to improve the technology together)
UL – exactly as it will be as sold. Has been assembled to instructions given by UL engineer
Many people complain we don’t go to conferences and tests but need to work. Have fast roadmap. No time to lose. NI is very fast in everything.
Looks like a small portable computer. Apply it to any existing heater. Like software that you can insert into any kind of computer. Any installer can insert it into any type of heater anywhere in the world easily.
Cannot get heat on demand. Response time too slow. For sanitory water (shower or hand washing) use normal system but to heat a resevoir tank or for warming home in winter the eCat is good.
Still looking at preheating water for commercial power plant elec generation. Problem with authorisation. Any changes to their system requires complex authorisations. Tech wise it is easy but administratively difficult.
180 operational days. Use eCat for 1 month per year and will last 6 years. Put on for half hour and switch off and it effectively uses nothing.
Assistance point close to customer. They will supply refill. Customer can change or call in plumber. Very easy – old cartridge sent back for recycling. Retreat Ni in the old cartridge to become new and then put back in operation. A cycle of cartridges in exisence.
Because it can be fitted to any type of heater you can go to your normal supplier (hence supplier will always be close to you)
Next week will be in Boston to talk about another possible manufacturing plant
Hydrogen cannister? Big surprise. Very likely will work without seperate Hydrogen cannister. Resolved problem by putting a substance inside reactor to produce and recycle Hydrogen. Picograms of H used. Originally, getting certification was big issue. Without H cannister, this is no problem.
Instead of using pressure of H as control, now solved problem by using heat.
$10 per recharge
Automation gets price low. Everything automised to max level. Cut time and cost of assembling.
Organising network with licencing agencies and sell directly on Net. Also asking customer to put in touch with installer to build network close to customers.
eCat will go self-sustain when system decides it can. All automatic. Like elec car control system that decides if petrol or battery power at any instant. Invisibleto and not the choice of owner. Once in self-sustain mode, small input for control and any fan etc
Gamma radiation. Transmutation Ni to Cu is side effect. Evidence of 511 kEV gamma at 180 deg electron positron (antimatter) production. [This is interesting].
1MW in modification with NI – new control system now in operation. Customer happy at test with condition that gaskets are sorted etc. Will be in operation in 1 month max in the field of customer
Other 12 systems underway
Bound by NDA can’t talk about customer
Another 1MW sold. Plus many, many in discussion
The Colonel has big experience in power plant and thermodynamics helping us get electric generation sooner than expected
Start up energy – every 10kW 2.7 (to 2.9kW) power input for activation. This takes around one hour in domestic eCat.
Only one reactor in Home unit
Patent in Italy – took two years
Int and US still pending. Can’t know when and what will happen regarding patents. ~Does not depend on them. Patent attorneys working on it.
On giving tech to world (open source). Not the best way. If you take all incentives away from investors will be no investments. If want to make something beautiful for mankind, this way is efficient. Giving away would be worst way. Open source and copying becomes worthless if the eCat has best tech and very cheap.
Testing U of Bol and Upsalla. Working on it. Very close to be started. Tremendous amount of work to do recently in small amount of time. Need time to work on it. Should be by February.
Never comment on competitors (BL Power etc)
No more public tests. Everything goes into preparing for mass production and working on technology
Once small eCats on sale, everybody can buy one and make any test they want.
Start production in Fall. Will have ready all engineering to start production. Sales in winter. Now ’till fall, prepping factory
1 Million units per year
3 to 5 years – depends on market – difficult to predict production rate
Investing? What rate will you consider? This is a hypothetical question. When producing 1 million pieces, they will be a warship. Not want to put at risk family savings. Enterprise still risky for many reasons. Can accept investments from big organisations (amounts that are small for them). Hedge funds etc: anything goes wrong, no one will cry. Too early for people to invest in our business. Not consolidated enough for that risk. When well consolidated, will go public.
Thousands of supporters who want to assist. Any way for them to help? Working hard to make low price so it will pay back itself quickly then 30 years saving on fuel. Good way to help is to preregister interest in buying 10kW plant. No money but offer later 400-500.
Taking enquiries for licencing. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or from eCat.com