Atmospheric Carbon Capure and Sequestration Robots (ACCS-bots)
Explain your idea in details:
Climate change has become a major global threat. It affects every one. While we are encouraged to plant more trees to enable capture and sequestration of atmospheric carbon, there is still need for land (for industrialization and urbanization). There seems to be a challenge of mutual exclusivity of both phenomena (urbanization vs forestation). The objective of this idea is to remove the challenge of mutual exclusivity of both by exploiting our current knowledge of science and engineering, probably at nanoscale. The mechanism of carbon capture and transport in plants have been studied. The biochemistry of its conversion to various plant tissues or food is also known to some level. These knowledge-base can be exploited and applied into designing a robot plant capable of capturing atmospheric CO2 and converting it to a desired sequestered form of carbon. Using advanced scientific tools, and materials, these robotic plants powered by sunlight can be mass-produced and made cheap. Imagine if every house on earth was a giant tree, imagine how much CO2 would have been removed. Since these robots shall be designed to captured more CO2 than any plant/ tree, if every household on a global scale installs one of these robots on any part of the house, a significant amount of CO2 will be removed, thus reducing the dependence on trees for atmospheric CO2 removal.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
I expect that a significant amount of atmospheric Co2 will be removed globally thus reducing the impact of climate change due to CO2. A measure of the success will be to witness a an increase in formation of sequestered carbon derivatives from the ACCS-bots as well as reduction in melting of polar caps, etc.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This is more of a research model in which a cohesive interpretation of the mechanism via which plants trap [email protected] and transport as well as convert it to food is extensively studied. This will be followed by the next stage which is to figure out the nature of materials which can be used to mimic such processes while being powered by sunlight (photovoltaic cells). The third stage will be assembly and test run of the prototype.
My name is Anyaduba Tochukwu Dubem. I am a 31 year old Nigerian with very strong belief that my country and in fact, any country can be developed if education is given due attention. I have a BSc in Microbiology (Nigeria) and MSc in Environmental Biotechnology (UK). I am also studying for another MSc in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, specializing in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Biorenewable Resources and Technologies (USA). I am an environmentalist with aptitude for interpretation of my theoretical knowledgebase into tangible development-centered projects and structures. My dream is to understand and teach science and engineering from inside-out and to focus on applied education. I have been to several developed countries and my greatest curiosity has been to understand what really makes their academia tick and how they have been so successful both towards infrastructural and economic development. My dream is to contribute to the development of my country, my continent and the world at large by giving education in Nigeria a meaning. My ideas are mostly at conceptual stage as most may need advanced resources and research for further development but they are dreams I hope to live and achieve before I retire. I hope to lay a strong foundation for generations-unborn; on which they can stand to bridge the gap between western education and Nigerian academic credentials. Please vote for me