Indeed - you'd think that measuring the change in temperature of a cooling liquid flowing over it would be a more reliable means of determining it's power output - you could use the energy in the cooling flow to generate electricity as a further demo - it would be a very powerful statement and the guy would be an instant household name and gazillionaire!They claim they put in 33 kWh and got out 62 kWH (described as net, so possibly 95kWh total).
So really it only needs a margine or error of a factor of 2 or 3 for it to not work.
The immediate problem I see is that while you can measure the input power very accurately (electrical usage), the output power is calculated via observing things like thermal radiation with an infrared camera, and with a variety of assumptions and calculations thrown in. Lots of room for error.
Still, I'm all for cheap clean power, so I hope it works.
Thanks for the link. I have downloaded the PDF and will have a proper read of it later.http://mobile.extremetech.com/extreme/222106-cold-fusion-reactor-verified-by-third-party-researchers-seems-to-have-1-million-times-the-energy-density-of-gasoline?origref=http://lm.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.extremetech.com%2Fextreme%2F191754-cold-fusion-reactor-verified-by-third-party-researchers-seems-to-have-1-million-times-the-energy-density-of-gasoline&h=5AQFhUry-&enc=AZP9iz04PjO2oKshzUKaAOzL9BhDUNVBEakjAhj2L3rhy4_sVGBpqtxAYjiuSHH_jXlJgpSFNdhUVNM0TKKzAIaHXEb6-ESt5JBRhSZfe9kRD0ZFdNnXnAcfdSAxaIscbckH_PW8pYrEqbcMepS1Y0YTtLxKDGzfo08tjKJZDGCcPg&s=1
(Mobile link - anyone able to get a regular link?)
It looks like there's been an *update* on the original article in the OP. A new 54 page report has been released. Rossi is claiming cold fusion according to the article (I haven't been able to open the PDF to read it so i can't say if that's true or a conflation)
Definitely worth looking in to though...
UPDATE #35 (Jan 29, 2015)
From a couple of new comments from Andrea Rossi on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, it sounds like things are not going too well with the 1 MW plant.
January 29th, 2016 at 10:12 AM
at 10.10 a.m. of Friday Jan 29 2016:
1 MW E-Cat : troublesome, lowest efficiency, working on it. Not a good night, honestly.
E-Cat X: remade another to continue destructive tests
January 29th, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Please, understand that to put in the markes an immature product in our case could be devastating.
There is nobody in the world that more than me desires to put massively the E-Cat in the market, but we are not ready. Too bad about sceptics.
January 29th, 2016 at 1:29 PM
It is over. Trouble resolved thanks to our great Team!