Since I last updated this blog over two years ago, a few things have happened, and I will try to sum them up.
After the presentation of the Ecat-based heat source, the Ecat SK, in January 2019, inventor Andrea Rossi started focusing on extracting electric power directly from the core reaction of the Ecat. In the fall of 2019 he claimed to have made the first successful attempts at this with a device he called the Ecat SKL.
In January 2019, Rossi also published a new paper—E-Cat SK and long-range particle interactions—describing his hypothesis for the physics of the core reaction in the Ecat. From this point it was clear that he no longer believed in LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions), with its roots in the concept of “Cold Fusion”, as a model for explaining the characteristics of the reaction and its energy release.
In stead, the new paper reflected a model based on the physics of the electron, and on extracting energy from what is called zero point energy—the large amount of energy that must be present even in empty space as a consequence of quantum mechanics, which is still poorly understood.
In terms of physics, and highly conceptualised, the hypothesis is that using a strong electric pulse in a certain environment, clusters of electrons in coherent phase are formed, which have a very low entropy through the high order of coherence in these states. The energy required to form the clusters is extracted from the zero point energy in the vacuum, and when the clusters decompose, this energy is released to the environment.
Being able to extract electricity from this reaction, Rossi started developing the first product based on the Ecat technology, which he revealed in March 2021—a lamp called Ecat SKLed.
The Ecat SKLed is essentially the most energy efficient lamp ever made. Being powered by the Ecat technology, its only external power consumption is for the control electronics at a maximum of about 4W. Yet it emits about 10,000 lumens of white light from an integrated LED source, corresponding to a 100W standard LED lamp or an incandescent light of about 700W.
Rossi is now taking pre-orders for the lamp at USD25, without asking for payment until the lamp will be delivered. In order to start production at this price, he needs one million pre-orders. There is also an online presentation of the lamp planned for December 9, 2021.
While it could be easy to make such claims without proof, what is interesting is that the lamp will be certified by a major certifying organisation, for performance and safety.
In other words—it seems that after more than a decade of experiments and R&D outside the domain of established physics, Rossi has moved from devices dependent on his experience and intuition for operating, to a stand-alone product where his experience and knowledge has been materialised in an electronic control system operating on a reaction in a distinct physical configuration.
Meanwhile, Rossi continues to develop another product, which is a stand-alone electricity generator called the Ecat SKL—essentially the power source of the lamp.
Together with a small backup battery, the electricity generator should be able to operate without external input, pulling the power to the control electronics from the battery, which is being charged by the Ecat SKL, leaving a net amount of electric power available for powering other devices.
The consequences of such a generator cannot be overestimated. Essentially it would allow e.g. electric cars and air vehicles to run for years, without being re-charged, and households to be self-powered, with the grid only as a backup, all without emitting CO2, while also making national power supply much more resilient to variations in consumption and to hostile attacks.
Extraction of zero point energy has been seen by some physicists as a revolutionary source of energy, fundamentally changing the conditions for humanity. Yet, it is still considered remote and exotic, and to most people it would obviously seem impossible to extract energy “from nothing.”
This means that even if Rossi’s Ecat products are working as claimed, and even if the certifying organisation confirms this after thorough examination, the challenge to communicate such an achievement and make it credible will be huge.
After all, the strategy to introduce a product as simple as a lamp, could be the right way, simply demonstrating that it works. Just as the Wright Brothers once did with motorised flight, about a hundred years ago.