Geo-Scaled Photosynthesis Driven Scrubbers

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Geo-Scaled Photosynthesis Driven Scrubbers

  1. 1. Geo Scaled Synthetic Photosynthesis 
  2. 2. Can we make a more efficient scrubber before these types of scrubbers come online? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Can chloroplasts and the electron transport chain of high functioning bio-mass such as giant sequoias be manipulated through genetic enhancement? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Corn and soybeans have undergone successful genetic enhancement why not chloroplasts and electron transport chains?  <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Can we clone high functioning bio-mass , and utilize it's genetic propensity to perform continuous photosynthesis ? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Can we bridge the gap between organic and inorganic photosynthesis ?
  7. 7. Can this bridge be integrated into the national energy infrastructure while at the same time scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere?
  8. 8. Comparison I <ul><li>Proposed Carbon Scrubber: </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated Removal to Remission Ratio: </li></ul><ul><li>1000kg carbon units removed to  </li></ul><ul><li>200kg re-emitted =  </li></ul><ul><li>800kg total carbon units removed per cycle </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  9. 9. Comparison II <ul><li>Genetically Enhanced Photosynthesis Based Scrubber: </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated Removal to Remission Ratio: </li></ul><ul><li><=1000kg carbon units removed to  </li></ul><ul><li>0kg re-emitted due to the ability to produce self sustaining energy . </li></ul><ul><li>=1000kg carbon units removed per cycle </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of Advanced Scrubbers <ul><li>My Proposal Type I </li></ul><ul><li>-Fully Synthetic Filament    Material </li></ul><ul><li>-Photosynthesis Operations </li></ul><ul><li>-CO2 Scrubber  </li></ul>My Proposal Type II -Organic/Synthetic        Combination Filament Material -Genetically Enhanced -Photosynthesis Operations  -CO2 Scrubber  Note: Need for autonomous regeneration of organic material for continued operation.  This need might be addressed by  replicating bio-nanotechnology
  11. 11. The Basic Idea <ul><li>  </li></ul>Can we extract the photosynthesis process of  high functioning bio-mass, genetically enhance it, and then integrate it into proposed chemical CO2 scrubbers?
  12. 12. Energy Production <ul><li>The energy released by the splitting of water molecules, the creation of hydrogen ions, and carbohydrates should be enough to at least power individual scrubbers.  </li></ul><ul><li>As a global society we are hard pressed to split water molecules for the time being which makes this endeavor quite complicated... </li></ul><ul><li>There also lies the potential to exploit the energy levels created by photosynthesis which lie in the terawatt range . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Energy Production <ul><li>Synthetic trees have already been proposed; </li></ul><ul><li>http://susty.com/carbon-extracting-trees-synthetic-natural-co2-sequestration-capture-synthetic-biological/ </li></ul><ul><li>My idea is to combine the energy production of photosynthesis for use on the grid and the scrubbing of CO2 at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>I believe this is a win-win proposal when proposed in the context of the Obama administration's green jobs push, the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the blatant need for a more robust U.S. energy infrastructure, and the dire consequences of global warming.  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Take a Poll on this Technology Proposal  <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 15. Rough Draft References <ul><li>http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/06/22/synthetic.tree.climate.change.ccs/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.openwood.com/images/pdfs/redwood.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://on-line-seminars.com/index.php?p=1_3_A-Tree-s-Genetic-Code- </li></ul><ul><li>http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8715sci1a.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nnano.2009.315.html  </li></ul><ul><li>http://susty.com/carbon-extracting-trees-synthetic-natural-co2-sequestration-capture-synthetic-biological/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brighthub.com/environment/renewable-energy/articles/10225.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/micro.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/27/science/27redw.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj_WKgnL6MI </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fghFaDlgc-E </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide_scrubber </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_nanotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloning </li></ul>

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