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Engadget – September 11, 2007
Apparently, John Kanzius was trying to use radio frequency waves to be used to treat cancer. In the process of doing some tests, he stumbled upon the realization that saltwater can be excited by the radio waves to release its hydrogen, which can then be ignited, and used as a heat source. Further testing and some chemical analysis has shown that this isn’t a hoax.
It would be great if this could be used as an inexpensive way to create hydrogen for industrial use or for use in automobiles. One of the challenges of hydrogen use as a fuel is the hazards of transporting and storing the fuel, if it could be left in water until it was needed this would solve a great many problems.
If it is not possible to do this separation “on-site” then it would have to be done in a major processing facility. At that time, the costs of using this hydrogen separation technique versus some other technique would need to be explored.
Hydrogen as a fuel would solve a lot of problems for the global warming debate. Hydrogen gives off no carbon based pollutants and its widespread use would quickly reverse the “dumping” of carbon into the atmosphere. Regardless of your position on global warming, this can only be a good thing. Also, since saltwater is so readily available to the industrialized world, using a technique such as this for fuel would help reduce the US dependence on Mideast oil.
Obviously, this lab experiment is a long way from a finished product but the possibilities are quite exciting. However, it is probably not a perfect technique since the RF generator obviously needed electricity to create the fields. Hopefully more research can be done to isolate the specific frequencies and lower the cost of the excitation to make this economically feasible.
In the video that is linked below as well as embedded, the newscaster says that Mr. Kanzius was trying to cure cancer but the explanation that is given obviously points to it being a “treatment” of cancer not a cure.
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