‘Water Battery’: Charging water by means of a mini water bridge 

Posted: August 3, 2016 by oldbrew in physics, research
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Floating water bridge setup [image credit: Argonne National Laboratory / Physorg]

Floating water bridge setup [image credit: Argonne National Laboratory / Physorg]


This Science Daily story dates back to March this year, but the water bridge phenomenon itself is nothing new. In the linked video [see note below] Robert Johnson discusses ‘Plasma Behavior in the Floating Water Bridge’.
So how do floating water bridges defy gravity?

Together with the Wetsus research centre in The Netherlands, researchers of TU Graz have managed to produce electrically charged water by means of a floating water bridge.

Until its scientific rediscovery in 2007 at TU Graz, the “water bridge” phenomenon, discovered in the 19th century, had sunk into oblivion.

If extremely pure water, in other words water that has been distilled many times, is placed in two beakers and subject to a high voltage, the fluid moves up the side of each beaker and forms a floating water bridge between the two vessels. The water in this bridge flows in both directions and is in a completely new state with its own special properties of density and structure.

A research group of TU Graz and the Wetsus research centre in The Netherlands has now demonstrated that this floating water bridge produces electrically charged water and stores the charge at least for a short time.

Protonic electrical charge
The water is not electronically, but rather protonically charged. This novel kind of water is either positively or negatively charged depending on whether it contains more or fewer protons.

The study shows that in anodic water — water with a positive charge — protons are formed in the context of the occurring electrolysis. These hydrogen nuclei flow through the water bridge into the cathodic water of the other beaker, which has a negative charge, and are neutralised there by hydroxyl ions.

Since the protons move at a finite speed, there is always an excess of protons in one water container and a lack of protons in the other. If the water bridge is suddenly switched off, the proton charges remain, as can be measured by means of impedance spectroscopy.

The first investigations have shown that the fluid’s charge remains stable for one week.

From water battery to low-waste chemistry
The realisation that such water bridges can be used as electrochemical or biochemical reactors opens up a variety of possible industrial applications. Substances can be brought into contact with other materials in the water bridge for the purpose of chemical reactions, water can become a “water battery” as a storage of electric charge, and acids and alkalis can be produced without any opposing ions — without acid and alkaline water. This opens the way to especially eco-friendly cleaning agents, reduced waste from chemical processes, and new possibilities for medical applications.

Source: ‘Water Battery’: Charging water by means of a mini water bridge — ScienceDaily

Also: How do floating water bridges defy gravity? — Phys.org

Possible explanation: Rime of the Ancient Water Bridge – by Mel Acheson
[select this link, then click on the word ‘explanation’ = link to a 10 minute Youtube video ]

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    In the image above they shine a beam of x-rays through the water. As well as the water flowing both ways, Robert Johnson says in his video demo that the outer surface of the water bridge is rotating.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Bizarre fourth state of water discovered

    ‘You already know that water can have three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. But scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) have discovered that when it’s put under extreme pressure in small spaces, the life-giving liquid can exhibit a strange fourth state known as tunneling.’
    http://newatlas.com/fourth-state-of-water/42999/

    Or is it the fifth state, if the water bridge is a plasma?

  3. oldbrew says:

    Water flowing both ways at once…

  4. kutukamus says:

    Five states of water.. I wonder how many they are🙂

  5. tgmccoy says:

    When a Warmist says to me:”the science is settled.”\
    I say good science is never settled, anything else is Dogma.
    This example of the states of H2O shows that..

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