Imagine a film playing in reverse of a bomb going off. It’s a different take on energy — one that has been keeping inventor Phil Watts of Longmont, CO busy.

He has developed an implosion pump that creates energy from the vacuum produced when a unit of water is separated into many units of hydrogen and oxygen, then recombined into one unit of water.
“It’s dynamite in reverse,” he said.

Watts is working through The DaVinci Institute and a “brain trust” of local engineers to refine the pump for use in applications that may require tiny burps of energy.
Implosion pump products he’d like to introduce one day include “smart” garments capable of sucking fluid through hollow fibers to provide contact heat, or small motors for semiconductor devices and miniature robots.