Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:42 pm
Thanks Crawdaddy, that's helpful.
Joe -- I don't really object to that characterization per se, but what I'd really like to do is plot cumulative e-cat energy release against theoretical maximums. Then we could point to a period of time and say "OK, if it runs this long as a chemical reaction, they would have to have this level of chemical potential energy density." Eventually we would get to the point on the graph where we could say something like "after x days, a volume of hydrogen needed to produce this energy chemically within an E-Cat/Hyperion would have to have been compressed to the point it became degenerate matter!" which, if nothing else, would be fun.
And to Simon's point, we could draw larger and larger error bars, to say things like "At this point, if it produced even 5% of the heat claimed, it would still have to have this (ridiculous) chemical potential energy density."