The article reflects on recent debate about the COP of the E-Cat. The term COP stands for coefficient of performance. Basically, it means how much power you put in compared to how much you get out. According to Andrea Rossi, inventor of the E-Cat, you are guaranteed to get out six units of power (thermal) for everyone one unit of power (electrical) you put in. This means that a minimum COP of 6 is guaranteed.
A few individuals have been saying that a COP of six is low. However, Mills argues that this simply is not the case. He says that “A COP of six is actually very high. For decades hot fusion scientists have attempted to build reactors that can exceed a COP of 1.1, and have not been able to do so. They have not been able to do so despite billions of dollars in funding. However, the current models of E-Cat that are soon to be commercialized can produce an average COP of six which is much higher than any attempt at hot fusion has ever been able to produce. In addition, this COP of six can be produced utilizing only tiny amounts of fuel, without producing any nuclear waste, and without producing any radiation that can escape the reactor. With a COP of six and 600C steam, the E-Cat technology can change the world. A higher COP is not required.”
He goes on to cite an example whereby a one megawatt plants produces one megawatt of output power in the form of steam, while consuming 166 kilowatts of electrical power. “With 600C steam a turbine can produce electricity with approximately 45% efficiency or greater. However, to be conservative lets say the efficiency is only 40%. This means that 400 kilowatts of electrical energy is produced. 400 kilowatts of output minus 166 kilowatts of input equals 234 kilowatts of excess power.”
He concludes that, if a one megawatt E-Cat can produce 234 kilowatts of excess power, this will be sufficient to run a small neighbourhood of homes. It would also generate enough power to run a medium sized business or a shopping mall. This power will, in theory, be produced with very little fuel cost and no pollution. The only cost will be the purchase of the system and maintenance.
If Rossi’s claims prove correct, the E-Cat can produce a very high COP, but only for certain periods of time. Then the COP will go down when an input is applied. This is not significant, because the average COP will always be at least six. A few years from now, the average COP could possibly be 10 or 20 but this is not necessary.