At the University of Bologna, inventor Andrea A. Rossi and Professor Sergio Focardi, recently announced the invention of a cold fusion energy device ready for manufacturing and capable of producing up to 10-kilowatts of heat power.
The device, called an Energy Catalyzer, is a nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor that Rossi claims has the capacity to generate 15,000 watts while only consuming 400 watts. In normal conditions, the device will produce 8 units of output for every 1 unit consumed. A first-of-its-kind public demonstration was given last week.
Both Rossi and Focardi claim that their Catalyzer is going into production immediately -- which means the world's first "cold-fusion" device could be accessible to industry within a few months. The first modules are supposed to ship in three months, with mass-production scheduled to begin at the end of 2011.
Contracts for Europe and the U.S. have been mentioned, with Rossi announcing plans to commence a 1 MW plant composed of 125 units.
In an open forum, Rossi said, "We have passed already the phase to convince somebody. We are arrived to a product that is ready for the market. Our judge is the market. In this field the phase of the competition in the field of theories, hypothesis, conjectures etc etc is over. The competition is in the market. If somebody has a valid technology, he has not to convince people by chattering, he has to make a reactor that work and go to sell it, as we are doing."
As with all things related to cold fusion, safety is always a concern. Rossi assured those at the demonstration that the device works within a large margin of error, and can be controlled by the flick of a switch. Scheduled maintenance every 6 months is required.
Skeptics abound as to whether or not this device is all its cracked up to be -- especially with so many of the industry details being kept secret. But Rossi as received a patent for his device and suffice it to say, many are watching very closely for new developments.
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