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Fire From Saltwater
Inventor John Kanzius claims that he has discovered a way to make saltwater burn. This discovery could eventually lead, he suggests, to cars that run on saltwater. This suggestion places Kanzius in a long tradition of inventors (and con artists) who have claimed to have found ways to use water as fuel, reducing his credibility right away. But as always with these things, once is tempted to think that maybe this time the guy is really onto something.

Check out the video about his discovery on YouTube (below). Kanzius explains that he was originally searching for a way to cure cancer. He reasoned that if he injected tiny amounts of metal, such as gold, into cancer patients, that these metal bits would be attracted to the cancer cells, and he could then use radio waves to heat up the metal and destroy the cancer cells.

Fortuitously, Kanzius then discovered that these same radio waves would also heat saltwater and make it burn. He has yet to reveal the exact mechanism of his radio transmitter, but he has demonstrated the process.

Assuming the guy isn't totally lying (which is not necessarily a good assumption), then it would appear on the surface that Kanzius has discovered an interesting new phenomenon. But whether this phenomenon can be used to power vehicles is another question altogether. For instance, how much power is the radio transmitter using to ignite the saltwater? Somehow inventions like this always seem great at first, but they never seem to amount to anything.

There are more videos about Kanzius collected at magistrala.cz.

Free Energy
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 31, 2007


I'm not a chemist but...
NaCl & H2O = Salt water
Na(sodium is a metal). Even non ferrous metals behave strangely in a microwave. They get really hot and spark. Knowing that metals overall have electrons that move easily (as evidinced by ohm meter across a metal)
Normal hydrolysis of salt water(2NaCl + 2H2O → Cl2 + H2 + 2NaOH ) or chlorine gas, hydrogen gas and sodium hydroxid (which does react with the silica of glass, a frosting of the glass) the last I heard, hydrogen in air will in fact catch fire(hindenburg)
What's happens when the radio waves hit the salt water... well there's NaCl and H20 there.

First off. Cl (chlorine gas) can be deadly.
If the metal Na breaks free of Cl then a violent reaction occurs with water. 2(Na) + 2(H2O) --> 2 (NaOH) + (H2).(sizzle,bang!)
Or maybe the hyper sodium is acting as a brief magnetically polarized annode/cathode/catalyst in hot water to break down the whole thing into basic elements. H2 O NA CL. In which case you'd have H hydrogen fuel, O oxidizer a Cl toxic gas and a highly energized sodium metal which reacts with any water/water vapor it touches.
Heck, for all I know some kind of hypochlorite could be forming(strong oxidizer). Goes bang with hydrogen. Cl2(g) + 2NaOH(aq) → NaCl(aq) + NaClO(aq) + H2O(l)
Simple physics holds true. There is energy in salt water. The addition of radio energy could rearange, break down and/or create chemical bonds in a way as to release that energy. So it's not the creation of energy. It's just the release of energy compounded with the energy injected.

I happened on this site after a google search for {microwave saltwater} brought me here.
I'm looking for more information on the Kanzius observation. What interests me is the efficiency of the thing. P is pretty good for getting hho out of H2O. Anything that would improve that would be a bonus.
The reason why I'm interested is that at present for non-constant renewable energy sources such as solar and wind there isn't much choice in the way of battery systems.
So the battery I'm looking into now is electrolysis of water to make H H O to store and later burn on a stirling or closed loop tesla turbine type engine.
A P energy loss in a normal hydrolysis seperation of water is a big choker.
So maybe if I use radiowaves on saltwater I can do better...
Supposing the result is Cl2 + H2 + 2NaOH well, maybe good for industrial applications but the chlorine gas and lye(sodium hydroxide) I'm not much interested in for this application if all I want is combustion.
However if the result is H O Cl Na then...hmph
I might be able to get H and some O but would still be stuck with chlorine gas and lye.
I guess maybe I could use some hypochlorites for combustion but seperating those from a hot steam could be tricky. That and I don't really want to truck in salt.
Maybe someone else can figure it out. I'm more of an electro mechanical guy.
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