You are most probably familiar with the uber suave 'salt bae', but what do you know about 'salt batteries'? Right now scientists are utilising salts to produce two types of energy generation. One being high power battery cells and the other, solar thermal energy plants.
Imagine covering the barren desserts of Australia 🇦🇺 with a mosaic of mirrors that all focus sunlight at one particular point to concentrate solar thermal energy to melt salt. That 556C (1050F) molten salt can be used to power steam turbines and generate electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The thermal retention of salt is so great that when stored in its molten state the temperature only drops by less than 1 degree Celsius (1F) per day.
The cool thing is that this type of energy production is that it's environmentally friendly ✌🏼😎 The salts have a life of 30+ years and once it's completed it's life in a solar thermal plant the sodium/potassium nitrate salts can be utilised as fertilisers in farming applications.
So while the internet celebrates memes about salt bae, Tinker reps the awesome 👏 potential of sustainable energy that can be generated from sunlight and salt.
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