How would you create a machine to generate photosynthesis?

I was wondering if there was anyone out there who knew how to replicate the reaction. If there was something that could generate the same thing. I'm just curious if it is possible. If it is possible, I would definitely build it! Thanks.

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NotKenny1 year ago

Working on it. Option 1: A synthetic tree, where form fits function, containing plastic chambers as leaves compressing CO2 into liquid form, thus retaining it for fuel or actual plants, and producing O2 in the process. Option 2: A synthetic tree, that looks more like a satellite, focusing CO2 to one point where it can be broken into O2 and C by LASERS (highly unlikely).

Vyger5 years ago
Its self repairing, self replicating, adapts to variation and finds its own resources. Its called a plant. You can't really improve on it.

Actually, Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (rubisco) is an extremely inefficient enzyme. So in fact, there are ways to improve nature. Remember evolution is not purposeful. It is natural selection acting on specific traits. The genomes that code for the correct set of attributes survive. mutations are random. My point is that nature is not designed. There is always room for improvement.

seandogue Vyger5 years ago
Well, while I agree with your sentiment to some degree, that's to be seen. If the underlying chemistry can be harnessed to produce food, beneficial drugs, or energy without a plant (and it's natural tendency to be overcome by ever-mutating disease and pestilence), there could be significant benefit for certain processes. Not saying that it WILL happen, but it could. And with 6.8 billion people on the planet and an expected 10 billion well before the end of this century, it may be a requirement for survival to investigate and exploit these underlying processes...

mbej5 years ago
If nature can do it, science can reproduce it. Combine photovoltaic cells with lots of water and somehow improve on the process. Earth is losing it's green stuff, we need this technology!
artworker5 years ago
A machine? Not totally a machine but it is possible. You have to take the help of nature. Atleast the chlorophyll part. Water CO2 and Light can create Sugar and O2

A good start will be from this link
Note that synthetic chlorophyll seems to have been created, although I will grant that  it's years away from being a consumer-grade reality.

seandogue5 years ago
clear tubing, nutrient-rich water, algae, low flow pump, aeration system, and light source suitable for photo synthesis?
rickharris5 years ago
Scientists have managed to replicate Photosynthesis http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/03/green-machine.html

HOWEVER this isn't going to be cheap or easy so i will leave you to discover via Google
kelseymh5 years ago
Have you researched what the photosynthetic cycle involves at the biochemical/cellular level? What texts are you starting from?