Ecat’s Impact on Society – What Does it Mean?
by William Donavan and Roger Green
- The Ramifications of the Ecat Technology
- Further Implications
- Ground Floor of a Scientific Revolution
- Immediate – 1-10 Years: The Conventional Adoption Period
- Proximal – 10-20 Years – The Period of Economic Renaissance
- Long Term – 20-50 Years – The Period of Space Colonization
The Vast Energy Market
Energy production is a trillion dollar market, with literally billions of customers. Reserves of fossil fuels are finite. Fossil fuels create a range of problems, including pollution, climate change and dependence on imports.
The world pumps 28 Billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere each year. This is enough to cover the area the size of Australia in a blanket two meters thick. As a result, the world’s oceans are now heating at a rate of 300 trillion watts, the equivalent of detonating 5 Hiroshima A-bombs every second of every day of every year.
The world needs the Ecat technologies to help in reducing carbon particles within our atmosphere, which is the main problem in climate change. If you look at the figures, in 75 years we have gone from 34 nano-particles to 360 nano-particles of carbon per cubic foot of atmosphere. The main offenders have been fine powdered coal fired furnaces. This causes the atmosphere to hold massive quantities of moisture, which is the main problem in reflecting heat back onto the Earth.
We have now reached 360 ppm carbon in our atmosphere! The introduction of the Ecat technology will make a substantial contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The E-cat technology is cost effective, highly competitive with low operating costs, green and clean with a high value ROI and timeless growth curve- it is technology that has arrived and here to stay.
Our future, and that of all those we care about, depends on the imaginative and workable solutions to closing the gap between today’s polluting resources and the non-harmful solutions the E-Cat technology can provide.
The ramifications of the E-Cat technology are immense and far reaching. A source of safe, clean, abundant, and low cost energy has the potential to change human civilization in many fundamental ways. If used correctly and appropriately -- to improve the condition of human beings on this planet -- it could be the catalyst for a new age of mankind, that trends towards prosperity and peace, instead of warfare and poverty.
"A source of safe, clean, abundant, and low cost energy has the potential to change human civilization in many fundamental ways"
Ramifications of the Ecat Technology,
Once it has proliferated into the market place.
One Rossi Ecat “cell” can potentially produce all the heat and power that a typical home would need for a cost of $80.00 per year. This would include recharging an electric vehicle plugged into the socket, as 80% of the population can utilize an electric car for their transportation needs (or park your Ecat car into the garage and let it re-charge your home)!
This means that the aged no longer have to choose between heat and food. That will become a thing of the past, relegated to the dark times before the fusion era.
A new higher standard of living will ensue causing a rise in the GDP. Workers who previously could not afford to retire may choose to do so, causing a drop in unemployment rates.
The E-Cat technology could make energy become extremely cheap and plentiful. No longer would certain nations or regions suffer from energy shortages, because the entire world would have a source of almost unlimited energy. In fact, due to the tiny quantities of cheap materials used by the Ecat, the concept of "fuel" being burned to produce energy would slowly become outdated. This is because the upfront cost of an Ecat unit would be the main (albeit modest) expenditure, because the cost of the replacement "charges" would be so low.
Due to the Ecat technology and a new source of clean, cheap, and abundant energy, the global economy could climb out of any economic depression. Many new factories will need to be built to produce Ecat units, the suppliers of components will need to increase production of parts used in their construction, and certified technicians will need to be trained to service modules. All of the industrial expansion that comes along with the proliferation of the Ecat technology into the marketplace will create countless new jobs. In addition, the lowered cost of energy will aid existing businesses make ends meet.
The cost of living for families and individuals will go down, due to the lowered cost of energy. As time goes by, the cost of energy will drop at an accelerating rate. Eventually, a family that today may have to pay $1,000 dollars a month in energy costs (electricity from the grid, gasoline for their vehicles, heating oil to stay warm in winter, etc), may be able to save large portion of that money, or spend it other necessities. Third world communities could spend this on the education of their children, a major factor to lift them out of poverty. In a future world with cheap home units providing electricity and heating and vehicles with Ecat power sources incorporated into them, the average person could reap tremendous savings.
Transportation would be revolutionized, due to the fact the lowered cost of energy has made it much more affordable. Eventually, cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft will be designed to be powered via Ecat cold fusion reactors. Instead of their operators having to pay large sums of money to keep them continually fueled, a few dollars worth of nickel and hydrogen could keep them up and running - continually - for many months (at a minimum). Family members could go visit distant relatives more often, the cost of transporting goods would drop (which would mean lower prices on the supermarket shelf), and international travel becomes more affordable.
The amount of pollution emitted into the environment would be reduced as the Ecat technology became more widely used, and incorporated into the economic framework of our civilization. Currently, many cities have poor air quality due to particulate matter and ozone contaminating the air. This can lead to health problems for residents of those cities, and additional environmental damage. Also, carbon dioxide emissions are a growing concern due to the possibility of global warming becoming a threat to our species. As more Ecat’s are produced and utilized, these forms of pollution would become less of a concern.
The political ramifications of the Ecat technology are also important to consider. Certain regions of the world that are a focus of military conflicts -- partially due to the presence of oil reserves -- would become less important. Simply put, wars fought over energy resources could become a thing of the past. Additionally, economically challenged nations would obtain a tool that could be used to improve their standing in the world, and the quality of life of their citizens.
Ground Floor of a Scientific Revolution
The concept of a technology producing staggering amounts of energy, by harnessing a unique method of generating "cold" nuclear reactions, will be a paradigm shifting revelation to the scientific community. A disclosure of this magnitude will require all of scientific thought, all current theories of physics, and our entire understanding of the universe (from the atomic scale to the galactic scale) to be re-examined. No area of human knowledge will remain untouched by this technology's existence.
As this technology emerges, it will experience a rigorous period development. The potential of the current early prototypes with low end output, will be transcended by magnitudes. While all of this takes place, the minds of scientist and engineers will start to open to new ideas and concepts -- that can only be possible if something as *impossible* as the Ecat cold fusion technology, is a reality. In this way, the technology will be a catalyst for the birth of other technologies, that may one day lead to wonders we cannot yet begin to fathom.
Finally: Space is the New Frontier
Currently, transport from Earth to Orbit costs approximately 5000 dollars per kilo. We use rockets primarily because exotic propulsion systems are energy hogs, taking as much as 180 watts per kilo. Normally, that’s a lot of energy, and nuclear fission is far too dangerous and dirty to use to generate this kind of power. When we burn a fuel, only a few parts per million are converted to energy. Nuclear fission converts perhaps at most 0.1 percent of its mass to energy. The rest becomes radioactive garbage. Fusion converts between 1 to 10 percent of its mass to energy, and the Rossi Ecat has no radioactive waste byproducts. It is 100 times more efficient than fission. It is the only compact power source that can take us to the stars, and it can do it with one ten thousandth the cost of chemical fuels, at about $0.50 per kilo.
When this power source is first adopted for propulsion, first we will see airlines converted over to fusion, with the turbines replaced with electric motors to turn the turbofans. After this, the turbofans will be replaced with more advanced exotic propulsion systems, which will reduce the noise considerably. Ticket costs will plummet. With exotic propulsion, sub-orbital flights will become common, reaching any point on the planet within two hours.
This is only the start. Let’s see what else happens.
With the price from Earth to orbit now less than what we currently pay for an airline ticket, there will be a resurgence in space tourism. Arthur C. Clarke’s world of 2001 will become a reality, with weekends in a space hotel becoming a reality. (Perhaps we should let Hilton know about this.) After this, the mining industry begins to move off world. After all, there are more resources in the solar system than on Earth anyway. Billions of tons of nickel iron asteroids in “the belt” are waiting for us. There will be no shortage of nickel for the Rossi reactors, and with Jupiter, there is a planet load of hydrogen. No problems there.
Once industry moves off world, the waste products of industry goes with them. The Earth becomes cleaner. Strip mining becomes a thing of the past. Mankind becomes a citizen of the galaxy, not merely belonging to a country on one planet. Carbon dioxide levels over decades normalize as there not only is less combustion going on, but there are also less people on the planet exhaling. Carbon dioxide may hold the heat in, but human activity generates it. With 2.4 x 1012 watts getting turned into heat, the human furnace represents approximately 8 x 1012 BTUs. That must be factored in.
All of this is well and good, but can be a bit overwhelming. Let’s look at it as a timetable, and see what happens.
Immediate – 1-10 Years: The Conventional Adoption Period
This is a time where, for those who are familiar with triage, society adopts fusion for immediate needs. We will see businesses that need cheap energy to stay afloat as the first to implement the technology.
Cruise ships will be the next to convert their boilers over to the Ecat, and we will see large ships that are considered archaic by today’s standards that use steam as the first to adopt this technology. Why is this? Diesel engines are more difficult to convert, as they would need a combustible gas as an intermediary that can be generated on-demand, and on-site, such as HHO gas. With diesels operating at the horrible efficiency in the range of 15-20 percent, it would further reduce the overall efficiency. Steam in this instance would be better suited, and that’s what we will see. Converting expansion engines to run on steam is problematic at best, with corrosion of the internal parts being the biggest headache. So in the short term shipping will return to the steam age, with the difference being the Ecat.
Power plants that use steam for power generation will also adopt it as well. Carbon taxes are certainly an incentive, but the Ecat is cheaper than coal. Economics will drive businesses to adopt this technology. Will the utilities lower their rates? Perhaps, but they should be watched to make sure that they comply. Their track record shows that they try to maximise their profits to our detriment. We predict that centralized power generation will be phased out in the long term, with a distributed power grid evolving to replace it. Which brings us to why this will happen—
Rossi is releasing a home unit with a 5-10 kW capacity. That’s a good start, but if say four of these are connected in parallel, you have a totally independent home. But- it gets better. Because if you’re outputting all the extra power to the grid, the power plants need to generate less energy to keep up with demand. Power plants use natural gas for peak loads, and if they can start to rely on the extra power coming from a distributed grid, those “peaking plants” are no longer necessary. We know there is a good argument for being off-grid, and some will choose to do just that. But in the short term, consumers will want to remain hooked up to the grid as a backup. And that’s where the distributed grid will begin to evolve.
Hospitals will adopt the Ecat as a backup as a replacement for their diesel generators. This will first be seen in “hurricane alleys” where storms are sure to knock out the power. At first it would look like a step backwards, as the backups will be steam operated, but there is a solution for that one as well.
Unfortunately, it looks like air travel will be not be the first to convert over, as the capital costs will at first appear to be prohibitive.
Proximal – 10-20 Years – The Period of Economic Renaissance
We know that there are those who would like a quick fix that would happen overnight. It would be nice for that to happen, but unfortunately, it took us nearly a century to get into this mess, and it will take an absolute minimum of 20 years to get out of it.
That being said, in this period the adoption of fusion is no longer a “quick fix”. It has had 10 years to prove itself, and even the skeptics have come on board. Now the conversion forges ahead, with a large fraction of conventional energy sources replaced with Rossi Ecat, or perhaps the next generation by that time. Almost every home that can afford to do so has a unit in their basement next to their water heater. The distributed grid is a reality. No new power plants have been built, as there is no need to do so. The grid is updated to make use of the massive power distribution, and blackouts and brownouts are a thing of the past. Parents will talk to their children about the old days, and the kids, like always, listen in disbelief. “But daddy, WHY did they do that? Wasn’t it silly?” Parents will just shrug their shoulders, and their descendants will roll their eyes.
It is in this period that aircraft will be built to utilize fusion power, first using rankine cycle steam turbines, and later going totally electric. Since the power source would be so incredibly cheap, long distance aircraft will first resemble the “guppy”, a military transport capable of swallowing a 767 whole without a burp. Presently, aircraft are small because fuel is expensive. That will no longer be the case. In flights longer than 5 hours, airlines will adopt a system similar to trains. There will be a dining area, as well as cabins for sleeping. There will be a real galley with fresh food prepared on site. (note from Roger Green, a 4 M miles traveller: Thank God the glamour days of air travel will be back !)
We will also see the renaissance of the airship- with a difference. Hot air, not hydrogen or helium, can be used for lifting this time, since there is a cheap source of heat. Once again, we will see leisurely cruises to distant lands while dining and traveling in comfort. This will become the cruise line of the 21st century.
It is in this period that trains will adopt the Ecat. Miniaturization will reduce the size needed, and we will see trains converted to steam-electric instead of diesel-electric. The turbines will be housed inside a soundproof container, and all you will hear is the sound of the electric motor. However, steel wheel on rail is only temporary. There will be a resurgence in train travel, as the impressive amount of power the Ecat can produce will make the Maglev a standard, and transcontinental rail travel will be as fast as air.
Mining will adopt the Ecat as well. They need something that doesn’t consume oxygen, and this fits the bill quite nicely. Besides, they need to become acquainted with the technology before they begin to move off-world.
The military will not be too far behind, with tanks with unlimited range and battle ships that only need service twice a year without constant refueling. The first to convert are the ones using fission reactors, as they are the easiest along with older ships using steam. Submarines will also use the Ecat. We predict that remote military bases, as well as civilian research facilities such as those on Antarctica, will implement the Ecat. We will also see it on the international space station.
Now lets go a bit further and see where it all goes:
Long Term – 20-50 Years – The Period of Space Colonization
Now we’re cookin’ with HHO. Up to this point, the conventional military and civilian space programs have been reluctant to adopt fusion, but renegades have been putting them to shame. Elon Musk and Richard Branson, once he realizes that this is exactly what he needs for Virgin Galactic to take off (no pun intended) will be working with Rossi to make sure that happens. Space tourism will be taking place a little before this time, and will see a massive resurgence with the adoption of cheap fusion energy. Unfortunately, first we will see it used in steam rockets. By the way, all the work was done in the 1950s when they were thinking of using fission reactors to do just that. A sci-fi, “Destination Moon”, was made along those lines. So the technology is there.
With this technology, and a 1G spacecraft, every point in the solar system is accessible with one week travel time.
It is at this point that mining concerns realize that there are billions of tons of metals out there in the asteroid belt just begging to be mined. Some of these are “Earth Crossing” asteroids that are easily moved into a stable orbit. At first “mining shacks” will be built, with space colonies for workers nearby. This was outlined in the works by Gerard O’neill, “The High Frontier” and T.A. Heppenheimer, “Colonies in Space”.
Man moves out toward the stars. Finally.
You want to live near where the work is. A week long commute is out of the question. So we will see colonies springing up where the resources lie anywhere in the solar system. In the long term, there will be billions moving off world, considering the Earth being what it is, the cradle of humanity, and thought of with fondness and reverence. There will be trips made to Earth, as a kind of pilgrimage to see where it all started.
It will be at this point that the third world finally frees itself of the yoke of crushing debt, as economics are changing back to real assets, and while the industrialized world is shifting focus off-world, they no longer need third world countries and their resources. They cut them loose, and those countries quickly recover their dignity in the process.
After decades of non-polluting technologies, the air is clearing. Oxygen is on the rise and the ozone holes are gone. Mankind has a future again.
This is what it really means. Let’s make sure it happens.
---William Donavan and Roger Green