The 1 MW plant, which is the size of a small shipping container, and said to produce about as much power as a small locomotive, is made up of around 100 modules, each containing three reactors acting in parallel that combine hydrogen and nickel (a special micro powder preparation) into copper in the presence of a proprietary catalyst and a radio frequency stimulator, beginning at around 450 degrees Celsius. The initial heating is supplied electrically from resistive heaters. Once the nuclear reactions commence, the start-up electrical energy source can be disconnected, and the self-sustaining reaction can be controlled by the amount of hydrogen pressure supplied to the chamber.
First 1 MW E-Cat plant following its successful test on October 28, 2011 in Bologna. Photo by Sterling Allan
The first one-off e-cat plants cost 2,000 Euros per kilowatt, or 2 million for the 1 MW plant. But once mass produced, Rossi expects the cost to go down to 100 Euros per kilowatt installed -- a tenth of what coal or natural gas power plants costs, minus the fuel costs.
If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks