Solar ponds in alkaline lake and oil well regions

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Abstract

Solar ponds are probably the simplest technology available for the useful conversion of solar energy. The basic technology is proven. Solar ponds have been shown to be technically feasible and economically viable for many applications, particularly for thermal use. The electrical conversion and use of solar energy via solar ponds is still questionable, in general, for economic viability. By putting the untapped sources together in the South Plains region, it looks promising economically both for thermal and electrical conversions and applications. There are a number of alkaline lake basins randomly scattered in the South Plains region of the U.S.A. In that area, there are thousands of crude oil producing wells that produce brine in abundance. The selection of suitable alkaline lake basins as a solar pond site and as depository sites of brine from oil wells and the using of this brine and salty water from alkaline lakes makes the solar pond economically viable for both thermal and electrical demands in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1677-1694
Number of pages18
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume37
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1996

Keywords

  • Alkaline lake basin
  • Oil well brine low cost energy
  • Salt gradient solar pond

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