There are two kinds of people in this world, pessimists and optimists. When the pessimist, especially one who is directly associated with a power producing industry or country, looks at the rossi e-cat, I am sure that he sees unemployment and economic disaster. In honesty it is much easier to see what we will loose from Dr. Rossi’s technology than it is to see how we will gain. However, I believe that the gains will vastly outstrip the costs!
Here are some technologies that are being held back because they are too big of energy hogs, technologies that will blossom because of the rossi e-cat:
Greenhousing: Greenhouses are energy hogs. The use heat keep them warm, they use energy to humidify or dehumidify. Heaven forbid that you would want to cool one. However, in hot climates a cooled greenhouse may make a lot of sense. There are many products that just won’t grow at 50°c, 120°f. So if your locale experiences these kinds of temperatures, an air conditioned greenhouse is your only option. With the rossi, this is now reasonable.
Water purification/desalination: Fresh water is a huge problem in many places in the world! If you live by an ocean you understand the expression “water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink”. Inland locales may suffer from dirty or polluted water. One technology, distillation, can easily handle all of these problems; but it is very energy expensive. The other solution, less energy expensive but still prohibitively so is reverse osmosis filtering. With the rossi e-cat, even distillation will be quite a reasonable approach. The world will no longer need to worry about access to clean water.
Air conditioning: In the summer of 2003, more than 40,000 Europeans died in the heat wave (wikipedia.org: “2003 European heat wave”). But is an air conditioner really that expensive that we can’t have one in every home? I can go down to WalMart and pick up a small unit for under $100. But the things suck power! The power cost of air conditioning is irrelevant with the rossi e-cat! Air conditioning should take off like gangbusters!
Transportation: Planes, trains, automobiles, ships — for all of them a major expense is fuel. For air travel, about 40% of the ticket price goes straight to pay for fuel (
). We are well aware of the cost of a car’s fuel — too well! However, I wonder what will happen when the cost of fuel becomes inconsequential. Will air travel take over for shipping? Will we see huge transport planes each carrying 100 inter-modal boxes across the ocean? Will the incredible power to weight ratios make flying cars a possibility? What about the jet pack, will it now be feasible? Transportation will change dramatically once the rossi settles in. It will be exciting times!
These are just one man’s thoughts. Especially in this area, I would love to see other people’s opinion of industries and technologies that will be freed up when energy becomes obsolete.