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MIT specialists introduced a new concept of desalination plants
- August 10, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
When specialists remove excess salt in water using desalination plants, they usually get a fairly large amount of concentrated brine. Which, then, most often spills back into the waste water, not in the best way contributing to the improvement of the ecology of the environment. However, thanks to a new process from a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it becomes possible to use this solution to produce even more substances that contribute to the faster desalination of large amounts of water in water bodies.
It is worth noting that the specialists from MIT presented exactly the full-fledged technological process of converting salt water into water without salt, which, in theory, allows the owners and managers of desalination plants to do without the purchase of additional equipment and chemical materials, which can save some on the purchase of raw materials. As a result of testing this process, it becomes possible to transform the brine into caustic soda, also known as sodium hydroxide, which, in turn, is also actively used to dynamically change the level of acidity in water bodies of natural and artificial origin.
In addition, during testing and improving their desalination technology, experts were able to achieve really excellent results in reducing the level of use of auxiliary chemicals and compositions, which also often fly into a certain penny of desalination plants and related industrial facilities – however, there are some details and nuances.
Firstly, MIT specialists demonstrated such a technological process for cleaning salt reservoirs of a relatively small scale – so their method may not work quite as it was originally intended, on industrial facilities of a larger scale. And secondly, they still have the task of reducing heat and energy consumption for the conversion of brine into caustic soda.