Where River Meets Sea, Salt Makes Renewable Energy Happen


A team of researchers from Stanford University has estimated that rivers could provide about 13 percent of the world’s current energy needs, but they’re not talking about hydropower. Instead, they envision renewable energy based on the principle of entropy, as energy is produced when fresh water from rivers disperses into salt-laden seawater. While 13 percent might be something of an overreach given the current state of the technology, the team has developed a new entropy based system that …

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