Do you want to solve the Global Warming crisis?

I am a Research scientist, a Theoretical Physicist.   If you have ever mowed your lawn grass and bagged it, you may have noticed that within hours the decomposing grass in the bag gets very hot from an internal chemical reaction as the glucose molecules naturally decompose.   This is actually simple chemistry.   The Sun invests 170,000,000 Btus of solar energy to grow each acre of plants each year by Photosynthesis.   Energy is Conserved.   So later all the dead plants still have that 170,000,000 Btus of energy in them when they later decompose and disappear.   It is easy to capture all that energy!   This is called the Carbon Cycle.

There are two obvious ways to heat your home or any building. One is the common way of burning fossil fuel in a furnace to create the heat you need, but that requires a chimney since that burning process is only about 80% efficient. It also causes you to create a Carbon Footprint due to all the tons of brand new carbon dioxide you will produce every winter.

The other method is superior! It is based on a very natural process of the Carbon Cycle. I have very successfully used this method to heat my 11-room home near Chicago, Illinois, USA for the past 13 years!

For the Fossil Fuel 800-student classroom strike now going on at St. John's College at Oxford University, we recommend a simple scientific experiment to compare two identical rooms at St. John's College at Oxford University, such as classrooms or dormitories or apartments. Consider selecting two identical small rooms that are 15 feet square. Here are the two analyses to evaluate.

On a February day in Oxford, each of these rooms will require 10,000 Btu of heat for comfortable heating.

Burning Natural Gas
Decomposing mowed grass

We need 10,000 Btus per 24 hours or 400 Btus per hour. We need to burn 500 Btus per hour to provide for the chimney heat loss. Combustion of methane gas produces 55.5 Mj/kg, which is about 1000 Btu/lb. This will consume 12 pounds of natural gas per day for our room, as each pound of Natural Gas contains 1000 Btu of energy in it.

We need 10,000 Btus per 24 hours or 400 Btus per hour. We need to decompose 400 Btus of glucose molecules per hour. This will consume about 0.05 cubic feet of mowed lawn grass per hour, or about 1 cubic foot per day. One large bag of lawn grass contains about 300,000 Btu of available chemical (heat) energy in it, so one large bag should last about a month (for this small room).

Chemically, this is what happens. Millions of years ago, plants and animals died and got deeply buried in the Earth where oxygen was no longer around.

Chemically, this is what happens. On sunny days the Sun invests amazing amounts of energy into a chemical process of Photosynthesis, 170,000,000 Btu per every acre in every year. The Law of Conservation of Energy ensures that all that energy remains in all the plants that are created during that Photosynthesis.

During the most recent hundred years, we found those deeply buried Fossil Fuels and we brought them up to the surface of the Earth, where they could be chemically bound to oxygen from the atmosphere in order to burn in a furnace.

When we burn Natural Gas, it creates fire that burns at 3,800°F temperature, but we only need 125°F warm air to heat the room. It is a wasteful process.

Once the grass blades and weeds and trees and leaves die, the physical structure of the glucose molecules in the plants gradually decompose. The ENERGY that the Sun had invested in each plant still exists. It is possible to CAPTURE nearly all that energy. In this case, that energy can be released as 140°F air to heat the room we are considering. It is important to "stir up" the material and to keep it damp and near oxygen.

The burning process is essentially about 80% efficient, and a chimney is needed.

The RATE that the glucose molecules decompose depends on four factors: (1) water, (2) oxygen and (3) a small amount of either Mesophilic or Thermophilic bacteria, and (4) temperature. If you rely on low temperature and Mesophilic bacteria, the process occurs slowly (like occurs in Composting) and it may be difficult to extract the needed 400 Btus per hour. You could rely on Thermophilic bacteria, and surround the decomposing material with good thermal insulation, and the decomposing glucose material quickly rises to 125°F or higher, and it all decomposes more than ten times as quickly, and it is very easy to capture the needed heat. The Decomposition process is essentially a 100% efficient process and no chimney is needed.

The cost of the fossil fuel which needs to be bought and burned in a furnace is 16 cents/day or $5/month. The amount of brand new global warming created is 34.4 pounds per day or 1030 pounds per month or up to 5 tonnes per year. The COST of the mowed lawn grass which is decomposed is ZERO, or $0/month. The amount of global warming created is ZERO per month or per year.
There are 3 billion buildings in the world that need to be heated for humans to occupy.
If those 3 billion buildings are all heated by fossil fuel (Natural Gas) they (do) each create and release about 5 metric tonnes of global warming every year, or

15,000,000,000 metric tonnes more
every year.
CRISIS Continues
If those 3 billlion buildings are all heated by natural decomposition of Carbon Cycle (organic materials), they will each release ZERO global warming every year, or

ZERO total tonnes more
every year.

This simple demonstration experiment costs less than $200 of new materials from Home Depot. It will show that if St. John's and Oxford would choose to use the natural Carbon Cycle to heat each of the thousands of rooms on campus, it would be far LESS expensive than with the current fossil fuel burning of Natural Gas. It would also ELIMINATE all of the many thousands of tonnes of global warming that those burned fossil fuels are now contributing to the atmosphere.

In addition, if a large organization like Oxford University would STOP USING Natural Gas to heat its many buildings, the MARKET for Natural Gas would become smaller. If EVERYONE chose to heat their homes and buildings with the natural Carbon Cycle decomposition, the entire WORLD MARKET for Natural Gas may nearly disappear. Few people would want to buy Fossil Fuels.

You students at St. John's can nearly immediately END the global warming crisis IF YOU ARE PERSUASIVE ENOUGH! If you have not planned ahead with mowed grass, a wetted farmer's bale of hay or shredded junk mail or many other organic materials works just as well.

PLEASE do this simple experiment. It has worked fantastically for the past 13 years when I have fully heated my 11-room home near the cold climate of Chicago, Illinois, USA, FOR FREE! (I have NOT even needed to buy $26,000 of Natural Gas from a Utility company!)

The complete instructions to build and use my device are included in


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Carl Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from University of Chicago