Like you, I watched with interest Julian’s presentation! I have been interested in this problem for a long time now, working on engineering and industrial energy systems.
I would like to share my ideas and possible solutions on this matter.
First of all, I would like to point out that the term “artificial” is not entirely correct in this case. Any known element of photosynthesis is based on living organisms (higher plants, algae, bacteria) capable of photosynthetic reaction involving the ATP enzyme.
The presented material tackles various interesting problems requiring technical and engineering solutions.
Let us consider some of them:
Quote: “An artificial leaf is capable of generating oxygen from plain water and light.“
– How does H2O water get to the leaf?
– Will the solar light get to the leaf during the 24 hours a day or according to the conditions on the earth (light and dark reactions in photosynthesis)?
– How will carbon dioxide CO2, necessary for photosynthesis, get to the leaf?
– What source of energy will provide the optimal conditions for the photosynthetic reaction (temperature, gaseous and chemical composition of air, light)?
This is, perhaps, the main question, the answer to which has aroused my interest!
In response to these questions, I would like to suggest a prototype of the system that solves the above formulated problems!
I present to you the facade system “FREENERGY”:
- Window profile, multi-chamber
- External glass, solar panel module
- Internal glass with heating elements on the surface
- Elements of photosynthesis
- Electric battery
- Rotary mechanism
The facade system “FREENERGY” solves the described problems in the following way:
– water H2O is formed due to the temperature difference in the external and the internal glass and thus gets to the element of photosynthesis
– the elements of photosynthesis are distributed at a changing angle with respect to the sun´s rays, which allows to follow the light regime
– the “FREENERGY” system is connected to the living quarters through the ventilation chambers of the window profiles. O2 and CO2 circulate inside it due to the difference in specific gravity of these gases (O2 – 32, CO2 – 44.1)
– energy comes from the sun’s rays to the external glass, and is stored in the battery through the inverter and the controller. This energy heats the internal glass to the temperature required for the formation of condensation on the elements of photosynthesis
Thus, the photosynthetic reactions involving the ATP enzyme can be carried out for a very long period of time due to the “practically unlimited” energy source.
In the following articles I will try to give quantitative and qualitative indicators of O2 and H generation by the facade system “FREENERGY”!