Leaves carbon cycle diversion – planning

This article is extension of the previous posts "Carbon Sequestration by Leaves and Dead Plants Carbonisation", "Carbon Sequestration by Leaves - Part 2" and "Carbon Sequestration Beyond Tree Leaves"

The following is the list of necessary things to create a “recipe”-like knowledge base that would be easy for anyone to reproduce or retest. Task distribution would certainly speed things up, and this is the part where crowd sourcing and institutional collaboration could shine. This is not a definitive list; it will be extended in time with new findings.

    Plants and trees database
  • Create a list of the most common things that can be used in this method
  • Chemical composition of trunk, branch, root, leaves (C, O, H, H2O, N, S ...)
  • Water content vs. drying time
  • Measures volume of un-dried and crunched, fibre content, specific weight...
  • Amount of hard fibres after crunching (vein, petiole)
  • Size of the cell
  • Occurrence in nature

    Collecting leaves
  • Find the easiest method (Vacuuming, raking, hand collection, what is best? Energy required? Diesel or electric batteries for tools?)
  • Man hours per person involved / cost of the process
  • Automation (nets, blowing machines, robots?)

  • Planning
  • Roads building (trees cut to make room for the roads should be buried under those roads as an additional sequestering measure - the "Ning Zeng method")
  • Water next to roads (deposits for fire extinguishing)
  • AI-calculating “nerve” network, similar to the slime mould creating network.
  • Most wildfires are created by lightning storms or by garbage like glass or plastic water bottles (from concentrating sun rays), and dried wooden material allows wildfires to spread much faster. Making a network of roads could slow down the spread of the fire and make areas more accessible to firefighters.

  • Drying
  • Carbonisation
  • Product-related technologies (press, binders, packaging, battery...)

  • Different bio materials vs. quality of end product (charcoal, activated carbon)
  • Concentration of other elements and effects on battery
  • Potash proper mixture
  • Energy invested for carbonisation (What is the most efficient way? Different processes and their results?)
  • Water vs. dry carbonisation, vacuum vs. inert gas?
  • Vacuum and metallic content?
  • Plant cell size vs. carbon flake size
  • Ways to reduce cost?

  • Casing 18650 - aluminium or bio-degradable casing, instead of steel (lighter is better)?
  • Cathode and Anode collector materials (copper, silver... paint, spray, dust)?
  • Baking instead of gluing?
  • Electrostatic help, printing carbon to carrier material (plastic strip, paper, aluminium)?
  • Bio electrolytes (+1, +2, +3, +n)
  • Powder filters, size separators, methods - what size is the best?
  • Flake size impact on battery energy storage ability?
  • Influence of graphene as added to mix
  • Different type of graphene qualities and production methods
  • Tar and asphalt as binders and alternatives to avoide usage of artificial (fossil fuel) materials, in order to increase sequestering ability

    Tools and production lines
  • Making smaller semi/automated production line
  • Democratisation of production

    Unforeseen effects on nature
  • Eco-system effects (wildlife, birds, insects, microorganisms...)
  • Energy footprint and optimisation
  • Recycling and long-term effect of carbon locking
  • Stripe leaves collection impacts

    Leaves usages
  • Ideas / suggestions from community
  • Products monetisation/profitability (sustaining schema)
  • Purpose of temporary or permanent carbon locking

    Better cost analysis, more detail
  • Cost of building road network
  • Cost of collecting leaves
  • Cost of processing leaves into different materials: carbons (biochar, charcoal, activated carbon, filterers, fibres, graphene...), pressed-wood, MDF, plywood, brick, concrete-leaf block, isolation materials (cellulose), mixing with different compounds...
  • Final products and market potential
  • Effects on the overall economy