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Directory:Ecowatts Thermal Energy Cell
The Ecowatts Thermal Energy Cell (TEC) is an electrolysis based energy cell that converts electrical power into heat at an efficiency significantly greater than that of a conventional immersion heater. This is achieved without the consumption of additional fossil fuels.
It is claimed in the media that the system has been independently, scientifically verified to produce 1.5 to 2 times as much energy out as was put in.
Expected in the market by 2010.
- http://www.ecowatts.co.uk [401 error as of at least February 26, 2011. See Archive.org for past versions]
How it Works
The system 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 is claimed to release 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. 
Ecowatts' researchers believe it taps into a previously unrecognised source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic level within the hydrogen atoms in water. 
Ecowatts estimates that the device will cost between £1,500 and £2,000, which is comparable to the price of traditional systems.
According to the Daily Mail, a UK newspaper: "Sceptical independent scientists carried out their own tests and discovered that the 12in x 2in tube really does produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy put in." 
In this piece Jim Lyons, a business development mananger at the University of York, is reported to have independently evaluated the system. He is quoted as saying, "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." 
The same source reports that sustainable energy expert Professor Saffa Riffat, of Nottingham University, has also led a team investigating the system. He is quoted as saying: 'The concept is very interesting and it could be a major breakthrough, but more tests are required. We will be doing further checks.' 
In 2003 Dr Jason Riley, then of Bristol University, was reported to have found energy gain factors of between three and 26. A UK newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, quoted a report written by Dr Riley as concluding: "Using the apparatus supplied by Gardner Watts and the procedure of analysis suggested by the company, there appears to be an energy gain in the system." The article also attributed a cautionary comment to Dr Riley: “There’s no doubt that there was a heat rise but I’d like to see a more thorough investigation of the electrical energy supplied into the cell.“  Telegraph; May 18, 2003)
Quoting from http://www.ecowatts.co.uk/default.aspx
- The TEC is silent unlike air source heat pumps.
- Significantly reduces the cost of heating with electricity.
- Has the benefit of economically providing continuous heat generation.
- Saves carbon emissions through increased energy output with no additional carbon dioxide generation.
- Removes the need for unfriendly night time storage.
- Usable with other sustainable and renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic, fuel cells, wind power, Stirling cycle engines, and tidal and hydro power etc.
- Is conventionally installed and can directly replace gas based heating system.
- Is an economic substitute for heating with gas or oil.
- The TEC, compared with ground source heat pumps, does not require a bore hole or a large area of land.
- Christopher Eccles: WO 00/25320 --- Energy Generation
- C. Eccles: US Patent Application 20050236376 --- Energy Generation
- C. Eccles: US Patent # 6,290,836 -- Electrodes
Company: Ecowatts Limited; Gardner Watts Ltd.
The Ecowatts team has been working on this technology since around 1998.
The project has cost the £1.4million.
Quoting from http://www.ecowatts.co.uk/About-Us.aspx
Ecowatts Limited is a cleantech engineering company applying leading edge innovation and science in the renewable energy sector. The Company was incorporated in 2004 for the purpose of bringing to market the Thermal Energy Cell (‘TEC’). The company is wholly owned by Gardner Watts Ltd.
- "Our research partners include top level UK universities and academics as well as independent third party consultants and advisors. The company is current in discussions with a number of potential commercial partners for the market launch of the TEC based Super Efficient Electrical Domestic Heat System. Financial relationships have been developed to support expanding product development and market launch."
- Ecowatts limited, Registered in England Number 4168720
- VAT Number: 844 2927 12
- Trade Association: Renewable Energy Association; Mb No 5159
Inventor: Christopher Eccles
Eccles met Chris Davies, who is now Ecowatts chairman, while on vaction in 1998.
- Google News > Ecowatts thermal
- Free energy? It doesn't measure up - Free energy? It doesn't measure up. (The Guardian (UK), Nov. 10, 2007)
- How this 12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills - Amazing British invention creates MORE energy than you put into it - and could soon be warming your home. Revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing. (The Daily Mail(UK), Sept. 15, 2007)
- ditto (ZPEnergy; Sept. 17, 2007)
- ditto (ZPEnergy; Sept. 17, 2007)
- Paul Calver Interview Note: large media file.(BBC One Breakfast News, 17 September 2007)
- "Take Water and Potash, Add Electricity and Get -- A Mystery" (Daily Telegraph (UK),18 May 2003)
- Directory:D2Fusion, Inc. - Company expects to bring cold fusion technology to market possibly in 2008; first in the form of some kind of home heater technology, then with electrical generators for homes.
Other "Ecowatts" Not Related
- http://ecowatts.com - a U.S. company, not associated.
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