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  •  Sustainble production (7+ / 0-)

    but not a battery. We need to be careful the way we use words. The renewable energy commerical landscape is filled with failed enterprises which made grand claims, and calling this a battery certainly is misleading.

    A battery needs to be able to provide provide a current at a specified voltage from chemical potential. If it can't do that, it isn't a battery.

    I'm a big fan of Amory Lovins, and I think this demonstration is supercool. You've shown, more than anything, how to convert sunlight into fertilizer. Fantastic!

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    It's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to be better than is myself. - Sherman T. Potter

    by ChuckInReno on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:22:48 PM PDT

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    •  And into something that both improves the soil (3+ / 0-)
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      and is a carbon sink(biochar).

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 03:04:40 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, fantastic, but I agree not a battery (4+ / 0-)
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      But photosynthesis has to be one way out of global warming. We are turning a lot of planet surface into desert. Thus, will be hard to compensate for the loss of trees and vegetation everywhere. We will need this at a massive scale

      •  I agree that growing plants is a key (0+ / 0-)

        way to directly fight global warming as well as its indirect effects. Trees not only fight global warming directly they can also help in hurting places like La Gomera that capture mist from tradewinds thanks to trees. We do have to find resource-conservative ways to grow plants where possible so that we can conserve fertilizer too.

        My avatar image is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my grandfather, in the Canary Islands not far from the Sahara Desert.

        by Galtisalie on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 07:02:36 AM PDT

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