Science Investigatory Project

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Converting Saltwater into Electricity I. Introduction
The world we live in is abundant with food, life and resources, but we continue to use up non-renewable resources in massive amounts. As a result, the many nations and countries of the world will have to deal with water, food, and energy shortages, as an effect of overpopulation. This Project presents a new, derived energy source. It will also discuss the methods and ways we can utilize this environmentally-friendly resource to produce an efficient yet clean source of energy.

A. BACKGROUD STUDY: People are already noticing the effects of their never-ending usage of the natural resources of the world, and they also know the current energy shortages that the world is facing. Now,
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Despite this, many are researching on its great potential ever since it was first discovered by John Kanzius, and as technology continues to develop, hopefully, the cost of collecting the electricity from the sea will drop, or at least people will be able to harness it more easily.

II. Review of Related Literature
There have been several breakthroughs in this research of saltwater being converted into electricity. The first one presented is an accidental discovery made in the Erie, Pennsylvania, 2007. John Kanzius set on fire a vial with saltwater using a radio frequency generator. Kanzius was experimenting with desalinate seawater. While doing so, he found he could keep the water “burning” as long as it was exposed to the proper frequencies from his machine. Rustum Roy, a professor at Penn State University, tried this experiment in the lab at the university, and, to his surprise, it actually worked. He explained that the salt water wasn’t actually burning. It was, in fact, the radio frequency that helped weaken the bonds holding together the salt water’s constituents. Roy says that he will continue to investigate on this, and he can see the potential applications of this process of burning saltwater as a source of alternative energy.
Another recent breakthrough in relation to this topic is the topic on Power Generation. A team of researchers from the US and China have discovered a new desalination process that could produce

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