Magnetic Water Conditioner for Home, Pool, Spa, & Koi Ponds

Federal Technology Alert from Dept. of Energy:
About the Technology

The technology addressed in this FTA uses a magnetic or electrostatic field to alter the reaction between scale-forming ions in hard water.  Hard water contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, and other divalent cations.  When subjected to heating, the divalent ions form insoluble compounds with anions such as carbonate.  These insoluble compounds have a much lower heat transfer capability than heat transfer surfaces such as metal.  They are insulators.  Thus additional fuel consumption would be required to transfer an equivalent amount of energy.

The magnetic technology has been cited in the literature and investigated since the turn of the 19th century, when lodestones or naturally occurring magnetic mineral formations were used to decrease the formation of scale in cooking and laundry applications. However, the availability of high-power, rare-earth element magnets has advanced the magnetic technology to the point where it is more reliable. Similar advances in materials science, such as the availability of ceramic electrodes and other durable dielectric materials, have allowed the electrostatic technology to also become more reliable.