Center for Environment and Energy Research & Studies (CEERS)

Synthetic vegetation: An ecosystem prosthesis

Abstract: In this paper, an entirely novel, theoretical restoration/conservation tool will be described. This tool will take the form of self-sustaining ‘synthetic vegetation’ designed, through the use of solar energy, to generate Oxygen through the electrolysis of water and sequester CO2 in a disposable form through the formation of Carbonic acid amongst other things; in short simulate many of the major functions of living vegetation. The environmental role of synthetic vegetation as a terrestrial ecosystem ‘prosthesis’ is evaluated with a Carbon acquisition calculation and a cost benefit analysis reviewing the benefits of utilization in the context of material costs. It is proposed that synthetic vegetation could greatly aid in conservation by regenerating degraded environments and speeding up the process of restoration.

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