Sergio Focardi Speaks about E-cat

A new video interview of Sergio Focardi discussing the e-cat and Andrea Rossi has been posted on Youtube. In the interview New Energy Times‘ Stephen Krivit asks questions in English that Andrea Rossi translates into Italian for Focardi to answer. Rossi then translates the Italian back into English for Krivit.

The results are a little confused, but interesting. It would be nice if some Italian speakers would take a look at this and see if Rossi’s translations are accurate.

Some highlights of the interview for those who don’t want to watch it include:

Focardi has only been helping Rossi with e-cat for about three years. Rossi had called Focardi about three years ago and asked for help. The two met and Focardi examined the device and agreed to help. Focardi wanted to help because he understood that Rossi had solved the “cold fusion problem.”

Krivit asked Focardi about his past nickel hydrogen cold fusion research with Francesco Piantelli. Focardi did not say much about this. Piantelli has formed his own company and is now trying to develop his own cold fusion process. He has also filed for three patents on his process.

Focardi said previous cold fusion researchers had only been able to make small amounts of power sporadically. The e-cat was able to make large amounts of energy continuously.

Focardi’s main contribution to the e-cat research has been in the field of safety. The big danger related to e-cat could come from neutron emissions, Focardi said. Focardi examined the device’s circuitry and showed Rossi and his team how to protect users from radiation.

Krivit asked about pressure because the e-cat heats water to generate steam. One of the big dangers from steam engines is that pressure can build up causing explosions.

We never had any problems,” Focardi responded through Rossi, “evidently the thickness of the walls have (been) designed to resist pressure.” Note I added the word been here so English speaking people can understand what was said.

He does not how the reactors are built,” Rossi said about this statement.

Krivit then asked about the e-cat news conference in January. Rossi said Focardi wanted the conference to publicize a scientific paper he had written about the e-cat. Rossi said Focardi had expected a battle about e-cat with skeptics of Low Energy Nuclear Fusion and wanted to refute them.

Krivit said the paper had been submitted to physics journals in March and rejected. Focardi is apparently upset about this rejection.

“They rejected it because they said it was written improperly to be a scientific publication,” Rossi said Focardi said. Focardi said that after a lifetime spent in high level physics research including work at CERN he knows how to write a scientific paper.

Focardi said the e-cat is superior to previous efforts to create cold fusion which used palladium, platinum and deuterium. Focardi said these efforts did not produce sustained reactions.

Focardi said the e-cat work is important because present energy resources (presumably oil and coal) will be exhausted in 150 years. The e-cat could provide an endless source of energy because it runs on nickel and hydrogen. There is enough nickel in the earth to power e-cats indefinitely and electrolysis of water can create sufficient amounts of hydrogen to operate the devices. Focardi also said he was having working with Rossi on e-cat.

6 Responses to Sergio Focardi Speaks about E-cat

  • It appeared that focardi did understand one question in the 1st video in English and answered without interpretation several times after that in the other video sets, and made me feel that he could understand english somewhat.

    Note that the low levels of gamma radiation porportionally increases as the reaction is taken to higher steam generation levels and that “the reactor” (1mw) should be a cascading of many smaller ones as they stated originally several months ago. I may have interpreted it wrong.

    Krivit reported in the video and also discussion was made regarding the steam quality and volume, and if the liquid was coming out with the steam being exhausted into the drain.

    There was no pressure evident, just flow and with each atmosphere added to the pressure also requires more heat to boil water into steam. There is a problem in that when steam flow is restricted more valving is required mechanically to allow pressure to build up and then be released.

    What they don’t show and most likely would have if they had something that worked was a pressure gauge on the steam exit. I have seen nothing in diagrams or working order that shows just one little reactor cranked to it’s optimum potential of which the lead shield should melt at a relatively low temperature when the reactor “runs away” with itself.

    In one of the videos I think Focardi or one scientist had mentioned that if an energy device really works it will run away from itself or has that potential.

    The water/steam pressure buildup and flow will be a great mechanical challenge along with the stabalization of the reaction creating the heat source.

    • jennifer says:

      I got the impression that Focardi could speak English too. In the third video he seemed to say something in English. I couldn’t understand it but Krivit seemed to understand what he was saying. I would be shocked if Rossi and his team were not concerned about steam engines exploding. That is a common problem with them but steam engines are a well proven technology so I imagine there is a lot of effective off the shelf safety technology available. The radiation comments are bothersome because of the way lay people will take them. A lot of ignoramuses out there seem to think that anything nuclear will turn you into a muted monster if you come within a mile of it. Unfortunately many of those ignoramuses are sitting in newsrooms and TV studios.

  • The fusion process in the rossi e-cat is resulting a beta decay emission and yes a piece of paper is enough to stop it and also the half life is around 3minutes. There are unknowns regarding waves were not familuar with and there is some x-radiation given off also in the fusion reaction.

    I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about this radiation thing but a point to make is that before we fire up these reactors people should know exactly what types of emissions are possible and I am sure they will.

    I understand that there is a proton exchange from the hydrogen to the nickle and the neutrons are also exchanging but at a low velocity. When the nickle fuses into copper isotope it gives off a beta emission in porportion with the amount of protons exchanging in the process.

    Rossi states that when the temperature in the core reaches around 1100F it is self sustaining but below that the temperature input regulates the proton exchange rate. So beginning at around 60F the impulses start (electromagnetic) and protons begin to exchange into the nickle. These are small amounts of impulses and as the temperature increases so do the amount of proton exchanges giving off more heat energy as the beta particles decay. It seems simple to heat water and make steam up to the point that the water is then used to cool the reaction after 1100 degrees.

    Anyway bottom line is the pros say it’s safe and they know alot more than I. My friend has been in most all the nuclear plants made to date and he said there has never been even one nuclear fission plant that has come close to making enough electricity to pay for even a percentage of what it cost to build and maintain and it’s bad stuff the by product. He gives the fusion process a thumbs up for low safe emissions.

  • susan says:

    Rossi cheated a little bit in second part when K asked who and why Focardi wanted to do the 14 January public demo.
    In fact Focardi was interested only in publishing the paper but Rossi made on purpose a confused translation. The 14th Jan show was a Rossi idea but he let believe that was a Focardi whish.
    Who understand both Italian and English can pick up many and many soft lies.

    • jennifer says:

      Thanks. My guess is that Rossi speaks good English, Focardi doesn’t. Krivit doesn’t understand Italian which makes the whole interview questionable.

  • John De Herrera says:

    In mid October there will be an announcement and demonstration of the Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi Energy Catalyzer (e-Cat), nickel-hydrogen reactor capable of producing thermal energy. The e-Cat is an advanced model of the ‘Cold Fusion’ reactor introduced by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann in 1989. At the e-Cat demonstration, input and output measurements will be made by top world class scientists to confirm that the Rossi Energy Catalyzer is producing substantial amounts of energy and that a new era of clean safe energy has begun.