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Photosynthesis Versus Photovoltaics - Which Is More Efficient?

A team of best price viagra reserachers led by Washington University in St. Louis has carried out a study that compares photosynthesis and ordering levitra without a prescription photovoltaics, and finds that photovoltaics are the more efficient of the generic viagra amex two (though that does depend on how you define "efficiency"). But, at the same time, they also point out that there may be opportunities in synthetic biology to improve on cialis australia photosynthesis.

After our of recent articles on different ways of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using only sunlight and catalysts as a kind of artificial photosynthesis, it is interesting to have the perspective of this article, which is to be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine Science.

While standard photovoltaics can just produce electrons when they are able, plant photosynthesis needs to be able to click here discount online levitra sustain the plant at all times, or else it will die. For this reason, plant photosynthesis is more stable and robust, but at the same time, is less idealized to maximize energy production. The paper also discusses ways of making photovoltaic collectors more efficient by taking cues from the photosynthetic process.

"The point of generic cialis site the comparison is not to make us throw plants on the compost pile, the researchers said. For one, efficiency is only one consideration among many in the choice among energy technologies. More important are life-cycle costs, the capital cost and valuation of the environmental impact of a product from its creation to its destruction."

All factors including life-cycle costs, energy inputs, infrastructure requirements, and greenhouse gas balance need to be examined in order to determine the levitra to buy greatest total efficiency. But even if this a clear leader in efficiency, that should not necessarily result in dumping all technology into that one basket. Rather than using this analysis to pick a winner, it should serve to it's cool canadian cialis and healthcare help improve other ways of doing things. Looking at the benefits each approach offers can give direction for how to improve the efficiency of other systems.

As an interesting aside, Dr. Daniel Nocera, the developer of the Sun Catalytix system is one of the several co-authors of this paper.

image: CC by Umberto Salvagnin/kaibara87

via: Solar Thermal Magazine and Michigan State University

[Edited to correct spelling of Nocera]

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Insufficient energy density
written by Gordon, May 17, 2011
Nothing beats a gallon of gasoline or diesel for pure energy portability. There is enough energy in the form of hydrogen in that gallon to do a real lot of work.

We can't all grow rainforests on our balconies and harvest the energy from the plants to recharge our iPods. Nor can we all afford synthetic photosynthetic forests. They are just laboratory curiosities, the fodder of Buck Rogers style green blogs.

There is a way forward however. The way forward is THORIUM. PERSONAL THORIUM REACTORS. Personal reactors can be made small enough to carry in your pocket, or on your belt.

Citizens who have personal reactors can plug them into the grid at their workplace, transport and buy levitra soft tabs earn dollars for the power they supply back into the grid.

Thorium is the SAFE alternative to Uranium based power generators. Thorium is abundant in the earth's crust. We will never run out of Thorium. Spent Thorium fuel can be converted back into Thorium. It is impossible for a Thorium reactor to go into melt-down and finally, they do not emit harmful radiation.
written by Robin, May 18, 2011
The energy needed to make a photovoltaic should be included in the calculation for efficiency of a photovoltaic. Sorry man, nature wins. Nature always wins.
written by Chiina, May 18, 2011
It's Nocera not Norcera, ffs.
written by P Proefrock, May 25, 2011
Sorry for the typo. Fixing now.
written by Marcel, May 26, 2011
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