Re: Miss Pop Ulation (was: population, homosexuality)
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 02:05:43 EST

In a message dated 12/3/99 1:44:10 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

> The process is as follows --

> Use nanotech grown solar arrays to harvest sunlight at 30% efficiency,
> then use the electricity to split water, then use the H+ ions
> running across a membrane embedded with the F0F1-ATP-synthase
> to synthesize ATP, then use the ATP to generate all of the
> proteins, carbohydrates and fats you need for food.
> You up the general energy conversion efficiency from solar to
> something useful from ~0.1-1% for animals & plants to about 20-30%.
> In the process I suspect you turn a lot of farmland back into
> forest.

Hmm. Plants already do just that, at better efficiencies Chloroplasts work at 35% efficiency converting energy to glucose (Mathews & Van Holde, 2nd edition, p. 612)