Using CO2 to Produce Energy

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by TruthSeeker, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. TruthSeeker Fancy Virtual Reality Monkey Valued Senior Member

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    Drawing from the other thread about capturing CO[sub]2[/sub]....

    Could we use the CO[sub]2[/sub] captured to produce energy? Plants do it, don't they? Why can't we?

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  3. Nasor Valued Senior Member

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    Plants get energy from the sun. They just use CO2 as a carbon source for making the organic molecules that they need.
     
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  5. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    No. Nasor is correct - plants do not "produce" any energy from CO2. All the energy comes directly from the sun and they use the CO2 as a means of using it for growth/reproduction and storing it.
     
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  7. TruthSeeker Fancy Virtual Reality Monkey Valued Senior Member

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    Oh... vooops...

    Well, is there any way we could put some good use to all the CO2?!?!?
     
  8. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Yep. Grow several different kinds of algae. There are some that are excellent oil producers, some are excellent protein producers (which means food for people, fish, cattle and other animals) and some that would be good just to pack away in abandoned mines - which would hold the captured carbon there forever.
     
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