Saturday, October 17, 2015

New Inland Desalination Plant

Another one of those Facebook links takes us to a story about what will be the largest solar desalination plant in the country. What's especially interesting about this is it will be built inland, as opposed to on the coast. Agricultural water in the Fresno area is usually full of various salts, thus not drinkable by humans or wildlife. This plant will clean the salts out and make it usable.

My question is what do they do with the salts removed from the water? It says in the article the salts will be turned into something useful but they don't say exactly what. It's not just me, either. The first comment to the article asks the same thing.


At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flavorings and food additives at the Soylent Green factory!

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could ship it to Bath, England where it will guessed it.

How about sending it to Bonneville or Salt Lake, Utah?

When Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific coast they boiled down sea water just to get the salt for cooking and to preserve food for their return trip.

I would imagine it depends on the type and quality of the salt being extracted which in turn determines its possible uses.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I'm not sure what kind of salt(s) they're referring to. I've read a number of times that much of the ground in the Central Valley is contaminated with salts from agricultural fertilizers and such. I'm not sure that would be appropriate for most things once separated from the water.

The article makes it seem as if it's not much different from sea salt, but they're not clear.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Good question!

Salt could be used for power generation options, hopefully electrolysis by way of solar uses.

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a novel use for salt.

3D Printed House 1.0


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