Definition of Salt gradient solar ponds

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Salt gradient solar ponds

The term 'Salt gradient solar ponds' as it applies to the area of energy can be defined as ' These consist of three main layers. The top layer is near ambient and has low salt content. Thebottom layer is hot, typically 160 F to 212 F (71 C to 100 C), and is very salty. The important gradient zone separates these zones. The gradient zone acts as a transparent insulator, permitting the sunlight to be trapped in the hot bottom layer (from which useful heat is withdrawn). This is because the salt gradient, which increases the brine density with depth, counteracts the buoyancy effect of the warmer water below (which would otherwise rise to the surface and lose its heat to the air). An organic Rankine cycle engine is used to convert the thermal energy to electricity'.

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