John Kanzius is an American inventor, radio and TV engineer and one-time station owner from Erie, Pennsylvania, who has invented a method for treating cancer, and in the process he has also invented a way to "burn salt water".
Both effects involve the use of his radio frequency transceiver. Kanzius is not a physician and does not have a college degree. He says that he was motivated to research the subject of cancer treatment by his experience undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of leukemia.
Later in 2007, Kanzius announced that the same radio frequency transceiver can also be used to burn salt water. He states that the discovery was made accidentally while he was researching the use of radio waves for the treatment of cancer. Kanzius admits that this stage of development of his method, the process could not be considered an energy source, as more energy is used to produce the RF signal than can be obtained from the burning gas, and stated in July, 2007 that he never claimed his discovery would replace oil, asserting only that his discovery was "thought provoking." In September, 2007, he expressed his belief that, "this [could] be an alternative fuel for a world that’s using way to[o] much fossil fuels." The details of the process are still unreleased while Kanzius applies for a patent. Kanzius has proposed that the flame is produced by radio waves forcing together the normally separated hydrogen and oxygen in the water, a process he calls "reunification."
Philip Ball, a consulting editor at Nature and author of "H2O: A Biography of Water" debunked the concept of water being burned as a fuel. Although he said that Kanzius’ discovery itself needs to be verified through careful experiments, he categorically stated that "water is not a fuel" and "water does not burn". Ball also said that according to the Laws of thermodynamics, it was impossible to extract energy by producing hydrogen from water and then burning it, as this would be a basis for a perpetual motion machine. He was critical of lack of inquiry in the media reports about bogus science. Ball writes "Here, however (for what it is worth) is the definitive verdict of thermodynamics: water is not a fuel."