posted on Jul, 19 2017 @ 10:55 PM
originally posted by: roguetechie
a reply to: pteridine
Technically plants ARE electrically powered reactor vessels bro.
What I said was "plants don't require electrical power or a reactor vessel" which is true. Plants are powered by photons which are internally
converted to electrons which then reduce CO2 to carbohydrates, so what you could have said was that plants are photochemical reactors. If you wish to
extend your electrically powered statement, all life forms could be considered "electrically powered reactor vessels." Going further, all chemical
reactions are electrical. There are some nuclear reactions that could be considered electrical by your definition.
Back to the topic -- the use of external power to reduce CO2 and ammonia to protein may be useful in space travel. This would convert electrical
energy to an energy form that is bioavailable. If one has enough reducing power, all compounds could be recycled in this way in a close loop.