Well, over at WUWT, it looks like a firm “maybe”:
The basic claim is that the ‘client’ chose to run at reduced power of 470 kW with no external power input to show closed loop net power production rather than at the full 1 mW with external power making control easier.
All the usual hems and haws apply, with plenty of ‘not as open disclosure as promised’ et. al. Yet, the assertion is now made that the open loop run was done and:
According to the customer’s controller, Domenico Fioravanti, the plant released 2,635 kWh during five and a half hours of self sustained mode, which is equivalent to an average power of 479 kilowatts – just under half the promised power of one megawatt.
Kind of hard to fake that many kWh with no external power in.
Guess it’s time for the backbiting, recriminating, name calling, and assertions of fraud to commence again.
I’d give it a month until we have it pretty well shown as ‘in production’ or ‘unexpected issues prevent actual use’ (OR close observation). At any rate, time to put it back on the radar.