Photosynthesis - Green Energy
Photosynthesis stores approximately 130 trillion watts of power on earth. That is about eight times more than what humans consume!
CO2 + H2O + hf + chloroplast ➞ E(stored) + O2
where: hf = photon energy from lightThe above constructive reaction illustrates how green plants use carbon dioxide, water, and light to store solar energy and release oxygen. The energy is stored (much like a battery) in the carbon bonds of organic molecules produced within the plants. Oxygen is released as a gas and the entire process is clean, green, and natural.
E(stored) + O2 + mitochondria ➞ E(released*) + CO2 + H2O + Δ
where: * = chemical energy as ATP and Δ = heat
The above reverse reaction illustrates how green plants use a series of complex biochemical steps with oxygen to provide a slow, controlled release of the energy they previously stored. This totally natural process known as cellular respiration occurs within almost all living cells, breaking larger organic molecules into smaller ones while releasing carbon dioxide and water to cycle the reaction again.
E(stored) + O2 + 🔥 ➞ CO2 + H2O + Δ + hf
where: Δ = heat and hf = photon energy from light
The above destructive reaction illustrates how man uses the energy stored in dead plant matter (fossil fuels, wood, and other organic sources) by burning them in the presence of oxygen. This produces carbon dioxide and water vapor while rapidly releasing the stored energy in the form of heat and light. However, almost all combustion is incomplete and toxic by-products are released into the environment. ☠
Of all the millions of different species of life on earth, only man combusts dead plant matter and uses the released energy for transportation, heating, cooking, and generating electricity... more details coming soon!