Customer Sought for First Commercial LENR Heating Plant

Swedish/British startup Hydro Fusion and Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation are looking for a utility to serve as the customer for the first commercial low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) heating plant. A press release on Hydro Fusion’s website states that the two companies want to have the first central-heating plant using Rossi’s ecat LENR technology up and running by this fall.

 

The plant would presumably produce heat to be used in one of the community systems used in Sweden. Many Swedish communities have a central heating plant that produces steam heat for large numbers of building at once.

Hydro Fusion’s press release states that the plan would generate one megawatt of heat and is capable of generating temperatures of up to 120 degrees Celsius. That means it could produce water or low pressure steam for heating purposes but not generate electricity.

Rossi's 1MW ecat heating unit at his facility in Italy

That indicates the plant would use the older colder ecat technology rather than the hot ecat technology. It also indicates that Rossi has enough confidence in his technology that he wants a public demonstration.

This is exciting news because it would be the first public demonstration of the use of LENR to produce heat for commercial purposes. It is also interesting to note that Hydro Fusion and Leonardo Corporation will pay for the installation and operation of the plant.

Example of how a central heating system for a community works

The utility that tests it will only pay for the electricity or provide the electricity needed namely 250 kilowatts an hour. The plant would operate for 7,000 hours or around 291 days as part of the test.

Hydro Fusion and Leonardo Corp would use the plant as a Showcase as part of their Pilot Customer Plan. That means it would be shown to other potential buyers and probably the press.

The only other string attached to the offer is that the plant must be in Sweden. That would indicate the testing is being financed by the Swedish Utilities group ELFORSK ABD which financed the March and December ecat tests. It also indicates that the Swedish military and possibly the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University will be involved in the testing. A number of scientists from those institutions including Hanno Essen were involved in the March test.

If this comes about it could prove that the ecat works somewhere besides Rossi’s workshop and more importantly provide a public demonstration of the viability of LENR as an energy source. It looks like Andrea Rossi might finally be willing to back up with his claims with a working device.

 

 

2 Responses to Customer Sought for First Commercial LENR Heating Plant

  • sophareth says:

    It is also interesting to note that Hydro Fusion and Leonardo Corporation will pay for the installation and operation of the plant.
    This practice is largely used in commercial Fuel Cell power plants in USA. It is a service guaranted and maintened by the installers.

    • jennifer says:

      Interesting point. Note they aren’t asking the taxpayers to foot the bill like the so called green energy pioneers in the US.