He built a power device, utilizing LENR technology, capable of producing thermal power without the need for any additional power input.
Created for a yet unidentified customer of particular significance, this entire project was self-financed by Rossi himself. Payment from the Customer would only be attained after satisfactorily demonstrating the power generation capability of the plant in self-sustaining mode.
The plant was to have been comprised of 116 modules mounted inside and on the roof of the shipping container.
Two liquid pumps supplied these modules with the cooling water, which then was heated to boiling, and the steam was directed out of the container to the four large chillers. Pumps then returned the condensate to the water holding tanks.
Domenico Fioravanti was the Customer’s process control official overseeing the adherence to the specification outlined in the contract.
He attended to the measurements of steam temperature at the outlet and inlet water temperatures.
Andrea Rossi was busily measuring the temperatures of the individual catalysers.
According to the examiner, Fioravanti started the electrical heating of the modules from the external generator around 10:30 AM with the initial power at 120 kW. After which power was gradually increased to 180 kW.
At approximately 12:30 PM the plant began operating in self-sustained mode and the power immersion heaters used to “ignite” the process were shut off. They then ran the device without any energy input other than that used to run the pumps and the fans. The plant ran in this manner for five and one half hours.
Total energy production that was developed between 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM was calculated from the amount of water heated and evaporated during this time.
The water flow measured with two water counters and according to the verifier’s report, the unit evolved a total of 2525 kWh.
Excluding the energy used to power the pumps and fans (66 kW) a total net production of 2560 kWh was produced giving an average power output of 467 kW.
Deducting the energy supplied during the heating mode – pre ignition, 320 kWh at an average power of 180 kW, the net energy produced is still 2279 kWh. This does not take into account the amount of energy produced before the self-sustained mode of operation of the modules.
There was no radiation detected above normal, background levels according to David Bianchini of Bologna University.
Power production had to be terminated after the reactor temperatures rose too high according to Rossi.
None of the guests invited to the demonstration, other than the customer’s representatives, were allowed to check the measurements or were allowed to observe the plant in operation for more than a brief amount of time.