Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future meetings have been wonderful for getting the word out about global warming, but the Corona-19 virus has now endangered the attendees of those meetings. There is a way for us to operate even better and more exciting FFF meetings than ever before! Each FFF attendee can now actively participate, by mowing their own lawn and bagging the cut grass and monitoring the chemical temperature which gets naturally produced! 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, very hot from a natural internal chemical reaction as the Glucose grass 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, making Glucose molecules to create plants. Energy is Conserved. So later all the dead plants still have that 170,000,000 Btus of energy in them when they later naturally decompose and disappear. I save and store many millions of Btus of that solar energy from the cut lawn grass from my own lawn to totally heat this rather large house! This is not any fossil fuel! It is the natural Carbon Cycle process.
Scientifically, chemically, this is what happens. (1) The Sun creates heat energy by natural nuclear Fusion, which (2) travels all the way to the Earth. Then (3) the Sun's energy drives a chemical reaction we call Photosynthesis. The Sun's energy combines with exactly 6 water and exactly 6 carbon dioxide molecules to create complex Glucose molecules (C6H12O6), which form all the plants in the world, including lawn grass and weeds. We humans find it really convenient that this Photosynthesis chemical reaction also creates 6 molecules of oxygen, which we enjoy breathing! (4) All those plants grow and live and eventually die. (5) Once they die, all that energy is still in there, and the plants decompose. (6) As all those Glucose molecules die, they happen to just need exactly 6 oxygen molecules to come apart into exactly 6 water molecules and exactly 6 carbon dioxide molecules. The Glucose (C6H12O6) oxidizes aerobically [chemically combines with oxygen from the air] ( the 6 O2 molecules) and therefore breaks down to create exactly 6 molecules of water (H2O) and exactly 6 molecules of carbon dioxide (CO2) (which is exactly what the Sun used up in Photosynthesis) and also (7) (this process releases all that energy the Sun had invested into the plants during Photosynthesis (really massive release of energy!). Then, (8) I collect all this energy to heat my home with! This Carbon Cycle is a perfect process!
Greta Thunberg wants to eliminate the need for fossil fuels. As a scientist, I have proven this replacement of fossil fuel with Carbon Cycle energy. On March 18, 2020, Fridays For Future told me that this house is now "FFF US Thornton" with me as Administrator of "FFF Thornton" group.
For the past 13 years, this (large) house, in the cold winter climate near Chicago has not needed to use any fossil fuel! It has been entirely heated by Carbon Cycle energy, heated really cozy with the cut lawn grass seen in the photo! In fact, in 2007, I even removed the chimney that the previous furnace needed to use! If Greta or any other people from FFF (Fridays For Future) would get to Chicago, and visited the FFF US Thornton building we have in Thornton, Illinois, USA, they can see either or both of the two devices I have used to totally heat this 11-room home for the past 13 years. I am not interested in selling anything but any visitor to the FFF US Thornton home can get a copy of the construction and usage instructions, to build their own for about $100 total cost. Since 2007, I have kept this large house very cozy, as I happen to like it if the room temperature is about 78°F or 80°F or 27°C. A lot of people think I am "showing off" but, no, I just happen to really like it when the rooms of my house are really cozy.
The Corona-19 virus makes me now request that you hold off visiting to see my devices. When I first invented the HeatGreen-3a device in 2007, I rented a hundred folding chairs and then often welcomed around 70 people to come and visit and watch the device heating my home. Now, the HeatGreen-4a device is even simpler and cheaper to make, but due to the Corona-19 virus I prefer to provide you with internet instructions.
It turns out easy to capture all that energy! For the past 13 winters, I have easily heated my home with that natural 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 a fossil fuel (Natural Gas, Heating Oil or Coal) in a furnace to create fire and 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 chemically 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 (Great Britain), 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 206,000 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.
Each mole of Glucose contains 2870 KiloJoules of that solar energy that
the Sun invested in the Photosynthesis chemical reaction. A mole of
Glucose contains 180 grams ( C6H12O6 or
72 + 12 + 96 = 180 ). So one mole contains 180 grams. A pound of Glucose
(454 grams) therefore contains 7300 KiloJoules of that solar energy, which is
about 6860 Btus of available heat energy in it. A large bag of cut lawn
grass, which contains about 25 pounds of Glucose molecules therefore
contains about 206,000 Btus of available heat energy in it.
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 instead rely on Thermophilic bacteria, and surround the decomposing material with good thermal insulation (R-20), 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.
If those 3 billion 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