Man Finds Energy in Burning Salt
Sep 12, 2007 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought
that salt water couldn't be burned.
So when an Erie, Pa., man announced he'd ignited
salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd
invented, some thought it a was a hoax.
John Kanzius tried to desalinate seawater with
a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it
caused a flash in the test tube.
Within days, he had the salt water in the test
tube burning like a candle, as long as it was exposed
to radio frequencies.
His discovery has spawned scientific interest in
using the world's most abundant substance as clean
fuel, among other uses.
Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, held
a demonstration last week at the university's Materials
Research Laboratory in State College, to confirm
what he'd witnessed weeks before in an Erie lab.
"It's true, it works," Mr. Roy said. "Everyone
told me, 'Rustum, don't be fooled. He put electrodes
But there are no electrodes and no gimmicks, he
Mr. Roy said the salt water isn't burning per se,
despite appearances. The radio frequency actually
weakens bonds holding together the constituents
of salt water - sodium chloride, hydrogen and oxygen
- and releases the hydrogen, which once ignited,
burns continuously when exposed to the RF energy
field. Mr. Kanzius said an independent source measured
the flame's temperature, which exceeds 3,000 degrees
Fahrenheit, reflecting an enormous energy output.
As such, Mr. Roy, a founding member of the Materials
Research Laboratory and expert in water structure,
said Mr. Kanzius' discovery represents "the most
remarkable in water science in 100 years."
But researching its potential will take time and
money, he said. One immediate question is energy
efficiency: The energy the RF generator uses vs.
the energy output from burning hydrogen.
Mr. Roy said he's scheduled to meet Monday with
U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense
officials in Washington to discuss the discovery
and seek research funding.
Mr. Kanzius said he powered a Stirling, or hot
air, engine with salt water. But whether the system
can power a car or be used as an efficient fuel
will depend on research results.
"We will get our ideas together and check this
out and see where it leads," Mr. Roy said. "The
potential is huge."
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