Energy Catalyzer Could Be the Cheapest form of Green Energy
If it were available for use, Andrea Rossi’s energy catalyzer which employs a low energy nuclear reaction or cold fusion process to make steam for generating electricity would be the cheapest kind of green energy available. When compared to other kinds of power that do not produce green house gases and add to Global Warming, e-cat would certainly be the cheapest source of energy available.
Now obviously we do not what the cost of operation for the e-cat would be. Nor do we know construction, installation or maintenance costs. Until those become available all we have to go on is speculation.
Andrea Rossi himself has stated that the cost of generating electricity for e-cat would be about 1¢ per kilowatt hour. A kilowatt hour is the standard means by which electricity costs are measured. That definitely makes it a bargain when compared to other kinds of “green power.”
Wind power costs between 4¢ and 6¢ a kilowatt hour according to Pure Energy Systems and it is the cheapest kind of Green Energy. Wind power still costs four to six times as much as the energy catalyzer would. Note the energy catalyzer has a big advantage over Wind Power it does not shut down when the wind is not blowing. Wind power systems would need a back.
Electricity generated by solar panels costs between 15¢ and 30¢ a kilowatt hour. Solar power costs vary so widely because there is no accepted solar system for generating electricity. Another factor that contributes to the costs is the need for a backup generator when the sun is not shining. The e-cat would go on making steam whether or not the sun was shining.
Hydro or water generated power the most widely used form of green power costs between 5.1¢ and 11.3¢ a kilowatt hour. So at best hydro power still costs 5.1 times what electricity from e cat could cost.
Geothermal power, electricity generated by steam from geysers, is also more expensive. It currently costs between 4.3¢ and 30¢ a kilowatt hour to use this power source. It only generates .23% of the world’s electricity so it is not a practical alternative.
Now, these figures don’t take some of the other costs of “green” electricity into account. All forms of green power have to be heavily subsidized by taxpayers at the present time, so the actual costs are probably higher. Money spent subsidizing these power sources, is money taken from other uses such as social programs, education, national defense, tax breaks or economic development. So far the e-cat hasn’t cost anybody any tax money I know of.
There are also high environmental costs to green energy. Wind turbines kill birds and do take up a lot of wild land. Hydro dams can effectively destroy rivers and flood wildlife habitat. The e-cat does not affect wildlife and doesn’t require massive dams or the flooding of land.
Compared to other forms of Green Energy, the e-cat would be a bargain.
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