Someone got my attention these days with a device supposed to produce energy by using ferrofluids. He called this device “Continuous Friction Motion Machine,” and the energy generated would be dead cheap.
As many of you know, ferrofluids are liquids – an extremely fine powder, coated with a soap-like material called a surfactant, suspended in a mineral oil liquid base. This means that if you place them in a magnetic field, they’ll move towards the magnet. Theoretically, it looks that from this idea to harvesting the energy of magnets there’s only one step left.
What we need for the experiment: two magnets shaped like in the picture, two tubes thin enough to generate capillary action for the ferrofluid and of course, a ferrofluid. The setup should look something like in the picture above.
The basic idea is that, by using capillary action we could move a ferrofluid between those two walls through capillarity, and at the end of the thin tube thus created we should exert a magnetic force, that will get the ferrofluid attracted to the second magnet, where it would move downwards, towards the second capillary tube.
The invention’s author says that by generating mechanical work and thermal energy through friction we could virtually produce free energy, or at least something we could call “free,” from the magnets’ own fields.
Now, I can’t realize if the ferrofluid drops would get stuck at the part where they’ll get attracted to the first magnet again (the right magnet is the one I call “first”), and if the Earth’s gravity won’t affect the free flow of those drops upwards, but it’s definitely an experiment worth trying.
Many have tried all sorts of experiments using magnets, and many claim they succeeded getting usable energy out of such systems. The seem to have disappeared one by one from the public attention, some of them claiming they got harassed by oil companies, and others saying that they had been wrong at the time they invented their device, and again, no word from them.
If any of you want to try the setup above, you can find the original website here. Or you can follow the self-explanatory schematic above. I am expecting a ton of comments on the above contraption, not all of them agreeing with it, but it will be fun and instructive hearing the people’s opinions.
Here’s how you can make your own ferrofluid from a printer toner and vegetable oil: