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  1. #1 the vegetable thermodinamic cycle 
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    all right you have a huge transparent system cylinder-piston with a plant inside

    you burn something inside, the piston expands

    now you let the plant transform the gases into solids with which the piston retracts

    to be repeated

    there would be 0 emisions and most energy from the sun would be transformed into work

    could this be succesfull?


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    i vote no unfortunately.

    the plant would take too long to convert the gases. and I doubt it would convert all of them.

    also won't the plant get damaged during the expansion stroke/heat?


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    Itís certainly a good idea to let plants convert carbon dioxide into fuel for us, but rather than trying to do the whole process in an engine, why not use a conventional IC engine to burn fuel that you can make in an external continuous process such as artificial photosynthesis. Fuel production can be centralized and done on a large scale where there is abundant sunlight and perhaps a CO2 source to enrich the air thatís fed to the process.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_photosynthesis
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