Rossi Live – the aggregator of discussions around the E-Cat, Andrea Rossi has exchanged comments with other posters concerning the modulation of functions within the E-Cat.
One of the concerns with self-sustaining functions of the E-Cat is the problem of regulating the nuclear reaction taking place within. The nickel – hydrogen reaction produces copper as its only waste product, and heat, which is necessary for power. The reaction, however, must be regulated. If the temperature within the reaction chamber goes too high, the nickel fuel will melt, shutting down the reaction.
So far, the regulation is achieved with electrical resistors. These are activated by external methods. One of the biggest concerns expressed by some is the source of this external power. Another concern is also the triggering mechanism for the regulator mechanism. Is it manual or automatic?
During the weekend, Rossi announced that the E-Cat is self-modulating. However, as with much of the E-Cat information we all crave, the modulating mechanism is still under patent application. Rossi says that the patent certification is still under way for the modulating unit. Because of this, he cannot divulge any details.
In addition, another poster suggest to Rossi that the E-Cat itself may be able to provide its own power to activate the electrical resistors, modulating the reaction. His suggestion is that the E-Cat’s thermal power could also serve as the catalyst to start the other E-Cats in an array. This would effectively take the E-Cat power plant off the grid.
Rossi’s response to him was that yes, they had thought of that. However, the “situation is not this easy, for many reasons”. So, apparently the E-Cat, while self-regulating, still relies on external sources of electricity to engage the electrical resistors that produce the ability to regulate. Perhaps as the technology is refined, the E-Cat can be truly independent from exterior catalysts.