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For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned.
So when an Erie man announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax.
John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube.
Originally posted by Tom Bedlam
My take on it is that it's well known how much energy is required to separate a hydrogen atom from water. There are more and less efficient ways to do this, but you are still going to have to supply at least that much energy to free that hydrogen.
You can't get more than that out of it when you burn the hydrogen.
So at best, what he may have found is a more efficient means of electrolysis of the water.