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Radio wave-treated water could change agriculture as we know it.

Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides
Radio wave-treated water could change agriculture as we know it. Its Irish pioneers meet Tom Prendeville

25 August 2013
A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever.

The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent.

Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides.

Extensively tested in Ireland and several other countries, the inexpensive water treatment technology is now being rolled out across the world. The technology makes GM obsolete and also addresses the whole global warming fear that there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, by simply converting excess CO2 into edible plant mass.

Developed by Professor Austin Darragh and Dr JJ Leahy of Limerick University's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, the hardy eco-friendly technology uses nothing but the natural elements of sunlight, water, carbon dioxide in the air and the minerals in the soil.

The compact biscuit-tin-sized technology, which is called Vi-Aqua – meaning 'life water' – converts 24 volts of electricity into a radio signal, which charges up the water via an antennae. Once the device is attached to a hose, thousands of gallons of water can be charged up in less than 10 minutes at a cost of pennies.

Speaking about the new technology, Professor Austin Darragh says:

"Vi-Aqua makes water wetter and introduces atmospheric nitrogen into the water in the form of nitrates – so it is free fertiliser. It also produces the miracle of rejuvenating the soil by invigorating soil-based micro-organisms.

"We can also make water savings of at least 30 per cent. When the water is treated it becomes a better solvent, which means it can carry more nutrients to the leaves and stem and percolate better down into the soil to nourish the roots, which in turn produces a better root system. Hence the reason you need less water and why you end up with larger and hardier crops," explains Professor Austin Darragh.


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Warrenstown Ag College doesn't exist anymore having closed down in 2008

This is the worse kind of Snake Oil.... and the "Technology" isn't new, it has been around as "Charged" water for a long time.

Sorry to burst your bubble

I friend an his business

I friend an his business partner invented a device like this and more years ago. The city golf course north of us uses it. It is call Advanced Aquatronics.

Very cool - I hope it's for real.

Also good to see that it's been tested in multiple countries - so it will be harder to put this cat back in the bag.

I am very skeptical about the safety of this...

Just as irradiated food turned out to be hazardous and microwaves dangerously alter food. "Well," you could say,"it is just water."
Have you ever seem what just the human electromagnetic field can do to water? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtbdpSMX3bk

"energized water"

Has been sold as a safe plant wash pesticide for some time. The results have been mixed at best. This is the first I've heard of it being used as a watering regime. Consider me hopeful, but sceptical.

Monsanto is going to squash this


If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Yo bro! How you been?

Yo bro!

How you been?


"Wetter Water"

It sounds like a scam.

Natural Water has surface tension

This is why water beads up in small dropplets... and why some insects can skate across the surface of the water.. It takes energy to break that surface tension.

It also takes it longer to penetrate soil, because of that surface tension.

Wetting ability is real and measurable thing. There are many substances that can improve the wetting ability of water.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

The key word is 'substances'

The key word is 'substances' ie molecules, generally with hydrophobic and hydrophilic ends. Completely different from what they are claiming.

I'd love it if it were true but I think its more likely to be a 'sun in a jar' kind of attention grabbing headline.

“Extensively tested in Warrenstown Agricultural College, the technology is being hailed as a modern day miracle.”

That college shutdown in 2001. Not VERY modern then :P

Wetter water, hydratious water, energized water, structured water. If you hear these phrases, grab your wallet and run. Placebo effect doesn't work on plants

structured water = ice?

Maybe they are just using water warmed by radio waves. It's energized, warms up the soil, increases microbial metabolic rates, carries more dissolved minerals. Sounds great. I'm going to see if I can make some in my kettle right now.

If you read it....

This is the substance they're referring to:

"Vi-Aqua makes water wetter and introduces atmospheric nitrogen into the water in the form of nitrates

So is it "nitrates", a natural fertilizer that is improving the wetting ability of water ?

We know that the same amount of rainwater compared to sprinkler water is more effective for watering your lawn... is it because natural oxygen, ozone, or nitrogen dissolved into the rain water improves wetting ability...???

...wetter water... yup sounds like a buzz word...but maybe there's some science behind it.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

"Vi-Aqua makes water wetter

"Vi-Aqua makes water wetter 'AND' introduces atmospheric nitrogen into the water in the form of nitrates"

It is AND, it should be 'BY' if it is what you say.

It frustrates me to have to resort to linguistic arguments because it should be extremely transparent to anyone why nitrogen dissociation cannot be done at such low energies (except if catalyzed by specific enzymes)

Here is the electric process used to convert atmospheric nitrogen to the nitrate anion.

"An electrical arc was formed between two coaxial electrodes, and through the use of a strong magnetic field, was spread out into a thin disc. The plasma temperature in the disc was in excess of 3000°C. Air was blown through this arc, causing some of the nitrogen to react with oxygen forming nitric oxide. By carefully controlling the energy of the arc and the velocity of the air stream, yields of up to 4% nitric oxide were obtained. The process is extremely energy intensive. Birkeland used a nearby hydroelectric power station for the electricity as this process demanded about 15 MWh/Ton of nitric acid. The same reaction is carried out by lightning, providing a natural source for converting atmospheric nitrogen to soluble nitrates.[4]

2 + O
2 → 2 NO

The hot nitric oxide is cooled and combines with atmospheric oxygen to produce nitrogen dioxide.

2 NO + O
2 → 2 NO

This nitrogen dioxide is then dissolved in water to give rise to nitric acid, which is then purified by fractional distillation.[5]

3 NO
2 + H
2O → 2 HNO
3 + NO

Not very complex, but requires a lot of energy.So the kind of reaction you are proposing just cannot happen. It does happen naturally through the nitrogen cycle but that is powered by lightning strikes (Again, way more energetic than anything this little device can produce).

In the absence of any tests proving its efficacy even on an empirical level, I would mark it for the 'Bullshit' folder.

Yes. Even some dish washing

Yes. Even some dish washing liquid makes water wetter..this is marvelous.

This is amazing technology

Thanks for posting this, I have not heard of this before. If this is true, it's certainly a game changer for agriculture.
Well worth a bump! +1

Did a quick search on this

What I'm understanding, the radio waves make H20 into H202, meaning Hydrogen Peroxide.

The "Vi-Aqua technology" has been on the market before 2005. It's not so new.

The pros and cons of Hydrogen Peroxide is vast.

That conversion requires 21

That conversion requires 21 Megajoules of energy/ gallon.

Energy in Joules= Watts * Time

From Vi Aqua website-24W @100V, 240 V

Assuming flow rate of 0.1 gallon/min for convenience (very low)

10 min= 600 sec

24*600=14400 Joules= 0.014 Megajoules

This may* produce a 0.066% hydrogen peroxide solution.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is 8-35 %.

Take into account the fact that directional or isotropic, all antennas transmit only part of the energy that is input to them and your conclusions are immediately rendered mathematically unsound.

Edit: Just checked, it is not a reversible reaction so above calculations are based on if it is even possible...

Now THAT is the right

Now THAT is the right question dear friend :)

The answer is nothing. Its the emperor's new clothes. That is the secret here.

Hmmm...."Pet Rock"...

Now that was some good advertising!

Sounds too good to be true

Monsanto will probably buy the technology to keep it off the market.


Sounds like some poor, gullible reporter at the Independent got taken for a ride.


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

Do you have a garden or do you farm, Sir?

I suspect not, otherwise, you'd understand the savings in fertilizer and water consumption. (25-30%)

If you had went to the website and read some of the material, you would have found that Vi-Aqua was peer-reviewed for the last 6 years and works every time.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Peer-reviewed by whom?

I'm not seeing any independent confirmation of their claims, and this "energized water" drivel sounds just like the nonsense that the peddlers of those "laundry balls" were trying to claim a couple of years ago.


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

You asked for

A peer reviewed study, and received a downvote instead. High quality conversation :)

I just read the article on

I just read the article on someone's Facebook page and this is one of the first links that popped up when I typed "radio wave water peer review". Unfortunately, there is no peer review.

Do you know what lightening does for farming?

We have a huge problem with man made nitrogen fertilizer. The nitrates separate over time and cause toxins in ground water.

Lightening fuses the atmospheric nitrates PERMANENTLY and rain washes it into the soil.**

"Vi-Aqua makes water wetter and introduces atmospheric nitrogen into the water in the form of nitrates – so it is free fertiliser. It also produces the miracle of rejuvenating the soil by invigorating soil-based micro-organisms.

**Nitrogen Fixation

The nitrogen molecule (N2) is quite inert. To break it apart so that its atoms can combine with other atoms requires the input of substantial amounts of energy.
Three processes are responsible for most of the nitrogen fixation in the biosphere:

atmospheric fixation by lightning
biological fixation by certain microbes — alone or in a symbiotic relationship with some plants and animals
industrial fixation

Atmospheric Fixation

The enormous energy of lightning breaks nitrogen molecules and enables their atoms to combine with oxygen in the air forming nitrogen oxides. These dissolve in rain, forming nitrates, that are carried to the earth.

Atmospheric nitrogen fixation probably contributes some 5– 8% of the total nitrogen fixed.
Industrial Fixation

Under great pressure, at a temperature of 600°C, and with the use of a catalyst, atmospheric nitrogen and hydrogen (usually derived from natural gas or petroleum) can be combined to form ammonia (NH3). Ammonia can be used directly as fertilizer, but most of its is further processed to urea and ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3).
Biological Fixation
The ability to fix nitrogen is found only in certain bacteria and archaea.

Some live in a symbiotic relationship with plants of the legume family (e.g., soybeans, alfalfa).
Link to a discussion of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes.
Some establish symbiotic relationships with plants other than legumes (e.g., alders).
Some establish symbiotic relationships with animals, e.g., termites and "shipworms" (wood-eating bivalves).
Some nitrogen-fixing bacteria live free in the soil.
Nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria are essential to maintaining the fertility of semi-aquatic environments like rice paddies.

Biological nitrogen fixation requires a complex set of enzymes and a huge expenditure of ATP.
Although the first stable product of the process is ammonia, this is quickly incorporated into protein and other organic nitrogen compounds.

Lightning changes nitrogen to the nitrogen oxide compounds

The question is, how can this system work with so little electrical input? Its been a while since I have studied chemistry, but seems there must be something else going on here than just converting nitrogen into the nitrogen oxide compounds. This could be huge for agriculture and maybe not so good for the fertilizer companies.