E-Cat technology has everyone’s imagination working overtime with the possibilities. The savings to the ecosystem, to government budgets, and to individual wallets are almost endless. The idea that we could warm our houses, and perhaps even provide all the electricity we would need, for less than $1000 year is staggering. This is based on the fact that Andrea Rossi projects that his home fusion E-Cat unit would cost $400. The fuel cells would need to be replaced 2-3 times a year, and surely, the fuel cells won’t cost as much as the entire unit.
But, there are developments in wind technology that may provide a competition to cold fusion. Currently, the huge wind turbine windmills that are installed in various places across the surface of the planet provide millions of megawatts of power to cities and governments, at a cost of about $97 per megawatt hour. Those are the onshore windmills – the offshore windmills cost about twice that amount. Still, Rossi proposes that his E-Cat units cost $10 per megawatt hour. At nearly one tenth the cost of wind power, the cold fusion units still trump wind power.
There is currently in development a new wind power technology that may replace the unsightly windmills dotting the planet. It uses rods that wave in the wind, rather than blades from a turbine, to generate power. It’s a fascinating development. These reeds have a much more natural look, and transfer the energy to underground facilities that store and transmit the generated power. There is an intricate mixture of underground batteries, underground hydraulic generators, and underground turbines which receive and process the power transferred through the reeds. The inventor, Dario Nunez-Ameni, has plans to plant these reeds in the ocean to take advantage of eternal ocean currents for the production of energy. I think this is a brilliant idea, and the reeds are a great improvement over the gigantic windmills that moan, groan, and whine in nearby fields. The reeds are silent, except for the sound of wind blowing through the 180 foot tall rods. The swaying motion is also free of mechanical gears and the turbines used with windmills. Ameni has also provided for natural grasses to be planted between the anchor pads, which funnel water into the natural areas.
This project is currently being implemented outside of Abu Dhabi. However, wouldn’t all that money and time be better spend on home fusion units? Once Rossi gets his E-Cat home fusion unit patented and it hits the market, I won’t need any power from wind power.
Rossi is already taking orders for his 10 MW assemblies intended to power commercial buildings. These fit into a small shipping container. This is a much better footprint upon the land than a field of gigantic reeds anchored in cement. Don’t get me wrong – I think the reeds would be beautiful, but I also think that vast, open fields are beautiful, too. And, as the needs for food sources increase with the growing population of the planet, we may need that land back for farming and ranching. The same power can be provided by E-Cat technology, freeing up the land for food production and expansion.