Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?

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Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?
« on: 21/05/2015 12:50:02 »
Parikshit asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Could we harness electricity the power of chloroplasts and photo systems 1 & 2?

What do you think?
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Re: Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?
« Reply #1 on: 23/05/2015 07:46:54 »
Saw this in "Stanford news"...

Stanford engineers have generated electrical current by tapping into the electron activity in individual algae cells. Photosynthesis excites electrons, which can then be turned into an electrical current using a specially designed gold electrode. This study could be the first step toward carbon-free electricity directly from plants.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/april/electric-current-plants-041310.html

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Re: Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?
« Reply #2 on: 23/05/2015 11:25:49 »
I volunteer not to be the person inserting gold electrodes into chloroplasts!

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Re: Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?
« Reply #3 on: 24/05/2015 06:56:59 »
You can light a LED for several days using a boiled potato.

See it done here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTqpGe4TcLs

It comes out of the Nernst equation which is discussed here (but the last time I used the Nernst eq., I had a slide rule)

http://www.chem1.com/acad/webtext/elchem/ec5.html

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Re: Could we harness electricity from chloroplasts?
« Reply #4 on: 03/06/2015 10:42:43 »
You can light a LED for several days using a boiled potato.

See it done here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTqpGe4TcLs


How many potato batteries would it take to boil a potato?
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