Inventor says "miracle tube" produces more energy than it consumes

Here's yet another gadget that its inventor claims will produce more energy than it uses. This one is a plastic tube fill with a secret catalyst. You plug the power cord into a wall outlet and it will heat up water running through it at 150 to 200 per cent efficiency.

They should get together with the folks at Steorn and connect their gadgets together. They'll have a system that's 300% efficient!

200709180839The system - developed by scientists at a firm called Ecowatts in a nondescript laboratory on an industrial estate at Lancing, West Sussex - involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate (otherwise known as potash) and a secret liquid catalyst, based on chrome.

This creates a reaction that releases an incredible amount of energy compared to that put in. If the reaction takes place in a unit surrounded by water, the liquid heats up, which could form the basis for a household heating system.

If the technology can be developed on a domestic scale, it means consumers will need much less energy for heating and hot water - creating smaller bills and fewer greenhouse gases.

Jim Lyons, of the University of York, independently evaluated the system. He said: 'Let's be honest, people are generally pretty sceptical about this kind of thing. Our team was happy to take on the evaluation, even if to prove it didn't work.

'But this is a very efficient replacement for the traditional immersion heater. We have examined this interesting technology and when we got the rig operating, we were getting 150 to 200 per cent more energy out than we put in, without trying too hard.

Best part - this reader comment left on the Mail on Sunday page:

If this is true, then let us hope that yet another great British invention is not lost to this Country and then exploited by foreign corporations and industry.

- Andy, Lancashire, England

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  1. I care about how it defies the laws of physics more than how it works. Is this “secret liquid catalyst” a true catalyst or does it deplete over time?

    I am sick of hearing about 100%+ efficient machines with secret elements. Develop it and publicly release everything at once in order for us to take you seriously.

  2. I was thinking along the same lines as devoinregress. It is likely that what’s inside that tube just produces an exothermic reaction after initial energy is applied to it. I doubt that it is sustainable indefinitely.

  3. I’m not sure that this is anything special.

    A conventional heat pump can heat up water at 150 to 200 percent efficiency.

    It is not really generating free energy because the heat energy could not be recovered back into electricity.

  4. Violation of the law of conservation of energy, check; contains “secret catalyst,” check; is being announced by a company that’s selling units, not by scientists who discovered the process, check. If it’s not a fraud, it’s certainly doing a good imitation of one.

    Here’s the big catch: if you don’t know what that secret ingredient is, you can’t measure the device’s energy inputs and outputs.

    If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a simple demo: grab some powdered laundry detergent and hold it cupped in your hand. Now pour a little trickle of water onto it, just enough to dampen the soap powder.

    Notice how it gets hot?

    There are lots of chemical reactions that release heat. That’s how handwarmer packets and self-heating plasters for sore muscles work. There are chilling reactions too, which is how we get self-chilling emergency sprain relief cold packs.

    If we don’t know what chemicals are contained in this new device, there’s no way we can tell where that supposed extra energy is coming from, and thus can’t tell whether it’s a workable invention.

  5. I’m not sure that this is anything special.

    A conventional heat pump can heat up water at 150 to 200 percent efficiency.

    It is not really generating free energy because the heat energy could not be recovered back into electricity.

  6. Wow, this is silly. It doesn’t require any extravagent explanations of secret ingredients–it’s just some sort of battery or chemical fuel cell.

    “This creates a reaction that releases an incredible amount of energy compared to that put in.” If you don’t count the energy required to make the device or the ingredients, then plenty of things satisfy that equation from a nuclear reactor to a log of wood.

    match + paper + kindling + log = “incredible amount of energy”

    OMGZ! teh invenshunz!

  7. Don’t you people understand? We must end our dependence on snake oil and move on to alternative fuel scams!

  8. [I]If this is true, then let us hope that yet another great British invention is not lost to this Country and then exploited by foreign corporations and industry.[/I]

    He’s probably thinking about the jet engine, and (arguably) the computer. Not that I’m trying to defend a Mail reader…

  9. In ten years someone will publish a book claiming the oil companies coerced (or bribed) the guys into stopping development on it.

  10. It’s worth noting the “qualifications” of the “independent tester” are rather revealing. He’s a member of the British Society of Dowsers; he’s a computer science professor, not an engineer or physicist; he “undertakes research into the Geo- and Bio- Physics of Earth Energies” and his “special research topic is the mechanism of dowsing based on Quantum ideas in Consciousness Studies.”

    In fact, he’s nowhere near the top of the list of people you’d pick to test out any device at all, let alone one that apparently breaks the laws of the known universe.

  11. “…very efficient replacement for a domestic immersion heater…”

    Surely all electric immersion heaters are pretty close to 100% efficient anyway. Or to put it another way, how would you *stop* the energy you put in getting into the water? Where else would it go? You could arrange for it make an extremely loud noise (3kW immersion heater losing 10% efficiency – 300W noise. That would be EXTREMELY loud). Er. You could make it give off light (or any other EM radiation – except that would be absorbed by the walls of the (copper) tank and again turned into heat….I’m really stumped. How the hell would you make an immersion heater that was only, say, 90% efficient…???

    – Andrew

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