Could Rossi’s Cold Fusion Be Used to Power Cars?
It is entirely possible that Andrea Rossi’s energy catalyzer cold fusion process could be used to power automobiles. Rossi himself speculated on this in a widely circulated You Tube interview with the Swedish magazine Ny Teknik. Rossi told Ny Teknik that it would not take long for E-cat to be used to power trains and ships but it powering cars would be more difficult.
It might not be that difficult to use E-cat to power cars because there are two potential methods of using an energy catalyzer to power a vehicle. The first is to use steam to run the vehicle directly. There were several successful steam cars in the early 20th Century including the Stanley Steamer and the Locomobile. The Stanley Steamer was so effective that it won land speed records and was even used as a race car. Observers at the time felt Stanley was superior to early gasoline powered cars but it was unable to compete with internal combustion engine cars like Ford.
It would not be hard to build something like the Stanley Steamer using an Energy Catalyzer as the power source. The catalyzers that Rossi has demonstrated would be small enough to fit into a vehicle. The question is would they generate enough steam to power a vehicle?
Another possibility would be to use the catalyzer to generate electricity for an electric car. Since the energy produced by the catalyzer is fairly cheap, Rossi estimates at around 2¢ to produce a kilowatt. It could be used to make electricity for a plug in electric like the Tesla.
It might also be possible to use E-cat as the power source for a hybrid. An advantage to using the E-cat is that the steam it generates could be used to heat a car in a cold climate. One drawback to electric cars is the power drain that heaters put on the battery. An E-cat powered vehicle could have all the heat it needs produced by the steam. Therefore it might not be long before steam cars are back on the road.
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