Andrea Rossi has claimed substantial progress has been made with regards to the status of safety certification approval from Underwriters Laboratories.He has posted that he spent a whole day with the certification engineers and that he was now carrying out the necessary paperwork.
Safety certification is essential for Rossi in his plans to introduce low-price E-Cats to the mass market. Unless he can obtain the necessary certification, there won’t be any domestic e-cats on the market. He went on to say that “I want to add that we are setting up a division to produce and sell thermal energy, in future electric energy. We are in contact with Companies selling thermal energy to put our plants adjacent to their network to produce energy, inject it in their grid.”
Franc Acland has also been in correspondence with Rossi and has received a message indicating that a second factory will be set up in Europe. Rossi states that “We have already made all the engineering of the production line in the two factories we will set up (one in the USA, one in Europe) and we will have just to set up the software of the robots and fix the drawings after the requirements of the Certificators. I think that it will take from 6 to 12 months afer the certifications will be done to start the production.”
This contradicts the previously held understanding that there would only be one factory built – in the United States. In February, Rossi believed that shipping would be cheap enough from the US that it wouldn’t be necessary to have more than one plant. Whatever the reason for the change of heart, it would help with the rapid deployment of this new technology around he world. Rossi previously stated that the final design of the domestic E-Cat cannot be completed until certification is approved, since the certifying agencies may require modifications in the design of the E-Cats.