What Is The Saturated Solution of Brine, And What Is It For?
Approximately 60% of the world’s salt production is dedicated to industrial applications, mainly in synthetic sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) and chlorine alkalis used in the chemical industry. Human consumption represents only 25%.
Besides being used in food, salt is used in other different fields. The world demand for salt for this type of process has been growing since the industrial revolution; in some cases, salt to generate chlorine has decreased due to fears of dioxins as by-products. Another application is its use as a descaler; it softens the water and avoids mineral salts’ incrustation in pipes and drinking water tanks. It is also used in the paper industry and the leather industry (in tanning processes). In the soap and detergent industry. As we have mentioned before, in the cattle industry, applied to the feeding of individual species. Sometimes, in the elaboration of antifreeze brines.
For those of you who do not know the advantages of the industrial use of the saturated solution of brine as opposed to salt, we will explain in this article its usefulness in terms of economic savings, cleanliness, and stability in its concentrations. When water is recovered from a saline source, a brine concentrate stream is produced.
Brine is defined as a solution of high sodium chloride concentration up to the point of reaching its saturation point. However, as opposed to salt, its viscosity is liquid, so it is transported in tank trucks for distribution to industrial client sites.
Its economic saving advantages are more than considerable since the saturated solution of brine already contains an adequate concentration, and it is not necessary to calculate the dosages. Moreover, it always presents more excellent stability than brine from other farms or common salt as it comes from a natural spring.
Thus, we avoid decantations that may cause residues in the deposits and that finally lead to unwanted dirt. But its ease of cleaning goes even further. For the brine’s industrial use, specialized PVC supports are used, which avoid the waste of money in other containers and even minimize the risk of contamination by leakage or spillage.
High-quality brine does not contain undesirable heavy metals, which are frequent in low-range products. On the other hand, it has a high salt concentration free of contaminants and has a crystalline appearance, with a density in Baumé degrees of 18-240.
Among the industrial uses of brine, we highlight its broad utility in decalcification and maintenance of soap making processes, lye synthesis, or petrochemicals. However, in the manufacture of pickles, dairy products, seafood, or food preservation, it is also a more precious commodity.
The brine’s distribution is carried out using tankers or tanks, always providing personalized service to the customer. In this way, it is the driver himself who is in charge of the product’s dosage, facilitating the cost and speed of the process.
As you can see, the brine is a comprehensive industrial spectrum resource, which means energy saving for the company and an essential element for maintaining the facilities.