The report on energy measurements on the E-Cat by a Swedish-Italian group of scientists has been updated with an appendix explaining more in detail the measurements of input electric power. The new version of the report can be found here.
It has been discussed whether a DC current could have been drawn through the power supply to the control box of the E-Cat, without being detected by the instruments, and thus feeding undetected power into the E-Cat.
The new appendix gives a clearer picture of how the electric measurements were done. Both voltage and current were monitored. Since a DC current through a load would have resulted in a DC voltage, this would have been detected by the measurement instrument as an offset of the AC voltage sine curve.
However, it’s not clear from the specifications of the instrument — the PCE-830 Power Analyser — if it can detect DC Voltage. I will investigate this issue further.
UPDATE: I have been in contact with a representative of PCE Instruments UK Ltd who has confirmed that the PCE-830 cannot detect DC tension. When connected to an AC source with an offset DC tension it will display the graph of the AC tension correctly but it will not detect the offset DC tension.
Pilot Customer Wanted
Today the Swedish-British company Hydrofusion, which has a commercial licensing agreement with Andrea Rossi regarding the E-Cat, stated that it is looking for a pilot customer in Sweden for a 1 MW E-Cat plant.
According to Hydrofusion the intent is to make the 1 MW plant available for the customer who will only pay for the (thermal) energy consumed. Installation is scheduled to late fall 2013.
Rossi’s 1 MW plant which consists of about 100 E-Cat modules, was originally tested in October 2011, though no independent observers could confirm the measured energy output.
Rossi claims that he has designed a new 1 MW plant for an unknown U.S. customer and business partner, and that it will be shipped to this customer within short. It should be made available to a customer of this customer who will only pay for the consumed energy, as planned in Sweden.