Balsa - Experimental - Crystallization: The salt of the future.
Every era of humanity can be symbolised, characterised and defined by something singular, something incredibly simple. The absence of which would make life as we know it all but impossible.
In a by gone age, communities recognised salt as a requirement for life. It was used to preserve food and thus sustain life. So important was this substance, it was used as a form of currency giving rise to the word salary. We believe and recognise that the 21st century is defined by advances in science, technology and innovation, always looking for sustainability.
BEC® Project is intended to contribute a grain of salt to science, for this, Hnos. Úbeda GoldSal SL., will develop new uses in a traditional salt-pans, in which actions will be carried out for the study and development of new evaporation methodologies, in which the saturation of brines will be analyzed, and thus be able to determine which process is more feasible.
BEC® Innovation is the change that introduces new features, and that refers to modifying existing elements in order to improve them, although the implementation of totally new elements is also possible.
BEC® Technology is the set of systematic actions whose destination is the application of science for resolution the main problems of the Salt-pans, that will allow us to design, create, facilitate and efficiently solve in a sustainable way the growing needs of mining exploitation. With the adaptation of these technologies to the environment without causing a depletion or degradation of material resources and energy.
This project will include different experimental models, where brine crystallization rafts will be taken, rafts that will only be for the exclusive use of scientific research, in which a specific crystallization environment will be created, to reduce evaporation time. With the innovation of this project, a production of salt will be sought 365 days, this will motivate the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
These rafts are classified as follows:
- Greenhouse raft.
- Raft without filtration.
- Raft with sprinklers.
- Solar panel raft.
- Ultrasound raft.
- Raft of infrared lamps.
- Potash raft.
- Lithium raft (Li)
- Magnesium Chloride raft (MgCl2)
- Calcium Chloride raft (CaCl2)
- Raft of Artemia Salina.
UAE Sea Salt: The Desert Flower
One of the main objectives of this project, is to reflect the suitability of a unique environment in the world such as the UAE , since its climate and geomorphological characteristics, as well as the proximity of the sea, would provide the ideal place to obtain high quality sea salt.
Here each of the basic "special" characteristics necessary for the production of sea salt are unified.
Salt is usually harvested in large tracts of land near the coast where the action of the Sun and the winds favors the evaporation of sea water to saturation and subsequent crystallization.
Extension plane with an annual salt production of 2.000.000 Tons/year.
The shape of this unique salt mine is designed so that the end result be, the image of the Flag of the United Arab Emirates. Not only its design is innovative. Its surface is a milestone worldwide, reaching an area of 8.200 ha.
As we have already explained previously, Sea Salt is obtained from the evaporation of a brine, which is based on an evaporation of a saline solution increasingly concentrated until the salt precipitates in the background.
These maritimes extensions of solar evaporation salt, can be by artificial water inlet of sea by pumping, or natural entrance of water, by the effect of the tides. Seawater is an inexhaustible source of salt because about 2.7% (by weight) is NaCl, or in other words 78 million tons per cubic kilometer of seawater, giving this method a cheap and inexhaustible form salt.
We conclude, that based on a few climatic exceptional conditions, and resting on the commercial exclusive possibilities of the zone, we have been able to describe and reflect the convenience of the creation of a salt mine located in the desert of UAE, whose surface and location make it THE MOST IMPORTANT SALT MINE IN THE WORLD.