By: Royd Guyon
The Earth is composed of 95.6 percent saltwater, and inventors are working on products that use salt water to generate energy and electricity. Isn’t that fantastic? But how did they find out?
They got it from nature, because salt water acts as a conveyor belt for heat to circulate around the planet. Here’s an illustration of how salt energy is generated. When a solid salt, such as table salt (sodium chloride), is added to water, it disintegrates into individual, freely moving particles known as ions. These ions behave similarly to a balloon rubbed against your hair. They conduct electricity and carry an electrical charge. Our bodies also use salt water to send electrical signals that cause our hearts to beat and our minds to think. To accomplish this, the body employs special molecules known as ion pumps, which move these ions around. Many diseases occur when these ion pumps malfunction.
Saltwater batteries are now being used because salt water can also store, capture, and discharge energy. The only disadvantage is that they are larger and heavier than commercially available batteries. We have these natural resources, such as salt water energy, but why aren’t they being used to replace non-renewable energy? The only issue with renewable energy is that it is currently more expensive to produce. The good news is that we can help promote salt water energy by raising awareness and providing information to our students, friends, and family, as the hope for a better future depends on us. All we have to do is care and support in any way we can.