- White Belt
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- Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:10 am
Looking over the science behind photosynthesis i found quite a few interesting things which seem...well, interesting.
Its common knowledge that photosynthesis takes energy from the sun, and after a few complicated steps, turns it into chemical energy in the plant, and this supports all life. That’s the first invention I wonder about- a machine capable of taking light and converting it into something usable. Solar Panels are the obvious device, but I am under the impression that they are rather inefficient, and though I don't have any exact numbers for photosynthesis, I believe they're much better than solar panels.
What I believe to be more important is a device which completely mimics the processes of photosynthesis. By this, I mean a machine capable of artificial carbon fixation. This machine would intake water, O2, and CO2, and from these ingredients form synthetic woods or foodstuffs. This has obvious pros. Imagine having coal fired power plants simply pump their otherwise environmentally harmful by-products into a panelling factory or food processing facility. Global warming (if it exists, but no reason to start that argument) would slow considerably, depending on the prevalence of the machines of course. Deforestation would slow and reforestation could finally begin in earnest across the globe.
The only real con would be, quite obviously really, that the technology does not exist. Unless it does, and then it can't be scaled to a useable level? Or it's too expensive? I don't know.