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!
The 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
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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