Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fill your car’s tank with salt water instead of the expensive and polluting gas?
Well, it may be closer than you think.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that John Kanzius (Washington) developed a way to literally burn salt water. In truth, what burns is the hydrogen released from the water, but here is the story…
During experiments with a new radio-frequency generator he was researching as an improvement for cancer treatment, Kanzius saw that some kind of spark was produced inside the test tube when salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies. By igniting the water (I feel even weird writing it like this), Mr Kanzius and co-workers found that the water continued burning as long as it was exposed to the radio frequencies field.
Later, these results were confirmed by Penn State University chemist Dr. R. Roy who said that this discovery is “the most remarkable in water science in the last 100 years”. And he may have a point there.
The explanation for the phenomenon is that what is burning is not the water but the hydrogen released from the water when the interactions between the salt water components are weakened by the radio frequencies.
Although the energy output is fairly big, with the flame reaching over 3000 degrees Fahrenheit, it remains to be seen if the total energy is positive (energy released minus energy needed to power the RF generator) and if it could be applied as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
Further research follows, with grant applications being forwarded to the US Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
This accidental discovery could yet lead to a brighter energy future.
A video to the story can be seen here.
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