Thermal Evaporation Plant
The Solar Evaporation Plant (before Mekanism 8, known as the Salination Plant) is a multi-block structure used in the creation of Brine from water and Liquid Lithium from Brine. It has a 4x4 block base and a user-definable height of 3 to 18 blocks (not including the height added by the attached Advanced Solar Generators). Since it relies on the (mandatory) four Advanced Solar Generators attached to it, it does not require an external power source.
|1||Place a 4x4 base layer of Solar Evaporation Blocks down.|
|(Tip)||Keep in mind that later on, you need to place the Solar Evaporation Controller (the block that you use to access this structure's GUI) in the top layer of this structure, so if you are building a tall Solar Evaporation Plant, it might be useful to build it into the ground (see image on the right).|
|2||Add a hollow "ring" of Solar Evaporation Blocks on top of the base.|
|3A||This step is optional. Stack additional ring layers of Solar Evaporation Blocks. Each layer you add will add to the structure's capacity.|
|3B||Remove at least two Solar Evaporation Blocks from the structure and replace them with Solar Evaporation Valves, three if you plan on creating Liquid Lithium (they can even be placed in the bottom base layer). Later on, you'll configure them so that one will accept water, one will output/accept Brine, and one will output Liquid Lithium.|
|4A||Place the four Advanced Solar Generators on the top layer, in each corner.|
|4B||Fill in the ring with more Solar Evaporation Blocks. You can leave a spot open for the upcoming Solar Evaporation Controller.|
|4C||Place the Solar Evaporation Controller.|
|Done||If you have Particles on, you should see red particles briefly appear around the structure, indicating that it has been properly constructed. You can also right-click the Solar Evaporation Controller and check its status.|
(Pre Mekanism v8) Using the Salination Plant
Salination Controller GUI
- Build button
- Water input
- Brine output
- Temperature (°F)
The salination process uses energy from the Advanced Solar Generators to convert water (2) into Brine (3). Buckets can be placed inside the small square slots to input/output water/brine, or Mechanical Pipes (or similar devices) can be used.
The more layers the Salination Plant has, the higher the temperature that can be maintained. This results in a higher Brine production rate.
The amount of water being inserted into the plant is also affected by the amount of valves on the plant and the fluid transmission pipe used as such that for a 8 block high tank with 56 valves and 16 aqueous accumulator with fluid pipes can give you a surplus of water for a single Salination Plant only.