There seems to be a lot of skepticism about the e-cat. Skeptics point to the fact that formal science hasn’t been done (http://nickelpower.org/2011/10/30/the-aha-moment/). Skeptics point to imperfections in Rossi’s history, as if everyone who discovers new technology must live the life of a saint. Skeptics point to the issues of secrecy. I agree that the secrecy is frustrating, but secrecy in the world of intellectual property is a common necessity.
On the other hand there seems to be a few strong cases for the e-cat: real scientists have observed it. Dr. Levi rewired the heating system. Rossi delivered the 1Mw (1/2Mw) plant on schedule. Rossi and others appear very “authentic” in video clips, Etc. Each of these certainly support the validity of the e-cat.
But I see another very strong support for the e-cat.
The e-cat keeps changing. That’s it. Why do I see this as very strong support? Well, firstly, it’s hard to pull off too many variations on a scam. But more importantly, this is what technology looks like when it is under development. The e-cat has changed, and become WAY BETTER since it was first shown in January.
When Rossi showed the e-cat to Dr. Levi, it was a much more powerful 20kw single unit. (This, I believe indicates what the future will be like.) However, there was a period of time when it was outputting 135 watts!
This seems to have scared Rossi. Why else would future e-cats be about 5kw? And if this whole thing is an intentional ruse on Rossi’s part, why would he have created something that scared him? And when was the last time you saw a ruse get smaller?
The subsequent demos were all done with a smaller format e-cat. Runaways like we saw with the 20kw unit no longer seemed to happen. But then something else changed, he started putting more heat in. The older units were powered by 300 watts, the subsequent units used at least 800 watts of starting power. Again, Rossi seems to have made his device less impressive, not more. However, we then began to see “self-sustaining mode”. How cool is that! (The 20kw unit ran for 15 minutes without input power during the 18 hour test, but it slowly petered out, and eventually required input.)
The e-cat heat extraction system also seems to have changed radically. It appears that the original e-cats consist of a core with water running through the middle of it to cool it. The new ones seem to be a box with cooling fins. All cooling is external to the core. Again, this is evidence of the kind of change one expects of a product being improved on rather than a hoax. I mean, how many ways can you pull off a hoax and get it past the Ph.D’s who are watching?
Even the issues of the 1 Mw plant outputting 1/2 Mw, and the number of e-cats changing from 50 to 100, is this what we would expect to see from a scammer or from a developer. If I were a scammer I would have met specs — and more. Why disappoint? And if it were a scam, why add the confusion of having 100 rather than 50 units in the box? This just produces unnecessary noise. The noise is unnecessary from a “scam” perspective, but I am sure that the noise was very necessary, for some reason, from a development perspective. I know, I don’t know what the reason is, but I do know what real-world development looks like. It looks like this.