Johannes Wardenier was a Dutch inventor of the fuel less engine.

In the fall of 1934 a simple farmers son from Steenwijkerwold shocked the world with his invention a engine that didn’t run on fossil fuel. All over the world the price of fuel dropped.

Why is it then that the whole world doesn’t know this man, well to promote his invention they where planning to build a special bus for the engine. And to promote the engine they would travel across Europe without taking in any fuel.

But it never come this far, suddenly Wardenier was admitted to a insane asylum, after the doctor evaluated him and diagnosed him sane he was discharged and free to go home.

When he returned home his engine was gone, according to his parents a couple of men come by and collected the engine. Till this day that engine hasn’t been found.


By John Donovan

For as long as I can remember stories have been circulating along the lines that an engineering genius devised a fuelless engine and made the mistake of disclosing his invention to a ruthless oil company oil, which promptly killed the idea. 

It is possible that there is some substance to this mythology.

Shell subsidiary Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij (Dutch for Batavian Oil Company), is the oil company allegedly involved, along with Sir Henri Deterding and a senior Shell  Director, Hendrik Colijn. He served as CEO for the Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij and later became CEO of Royal Dutch Shell.

Deterding and Colijn are mentioned in the related book The Wardenier Mystery.

In the 1930’s Dutchman, Johannes Wardenier claimed to have invented a miracle engine that ran almost without fuel. 

He disclosed his idea to a Dutch multinational electrical giant who, at the time, was working on a motor project. That multinational, the alleged key player in conjunction with Shell, Deterding and Hendrik Colijn, allegedly became involved in a conspiracy over the astonishing invention that could potentially change the world. Clearly, a huge threat to the entire oil industry which would have had a devastating impact on the price of oil.

Johannes Wardenier was subsequently said to be held hostage as a patient in the psychiatric ward of the Groningen hospital. When released to return home a week later, his prototype engine had been stolen. He dies suddenly at the age of 47.