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Will Water Replace Oil as The Fuel of the Future?

by Ryan Guina

Tired of rising gas prices? How does filling your car’s fuel tank with tap water and a pound of salt sound to you? It sounds ludicrous right now, but one day it might be reality.

Pennsylvania cancer researcher John Kanzius discovered a process to burn salt water using a radio frequency generator. According to some scientists, his discovery could potentially be the most important discovery in the field of water science in more than 100 years.

Kanzius accidentally discovered the process for burning saltwater when he tried to desalinate water using a radio frequency generator in his lab. The radio frequencies weaken the bond between the elements that comprise salt water, releasing flammable hydrogen. The hydrogen will burn as long as the exposure to radio frequencies continues to release more hydrogen from the water. The process sounds simple, but I am sure there is a lot more to it than that!

Researchers are not sure if this will be a feasible fuel source for cars or other large machines. But, one thing is certain. If this process is refined to the point of practical use, our world will not hurt for resources – salt water is the most abundant resource on earth! Kanzius is currently trying to get research funding from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

Can you imagine just pulling over to the side of the road and pumping salt water into your car every time you need a fill up? Or better yet, waiting until you get home and using the hose in your front yard? This discovery could revolutionize the way humans utilize combustion engines and other forms of power.

This is a very interesting and exciting discovery.


Published or updated February 27, 2011.
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1 Punny Money

The one thing all of the articles on saltwater burning won’t tell you: the energy required to generate the radio waves is much more than the energy output from the process. Oops!

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2 dong

Yeah i’m with Punny here. I’m skeptical. Though it’d b awesome if it’s feasible…

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3 Ryan

I agree, there must be something else to the equation, but I think the process is interesting and may lead to new technologies.

This probably won’t lead to powering cars any time soon, but I could see the possibility of this technology powering some type of power generator or factory, which could be set up right on the ocean where it would have a limitless supply of raw fuel.

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