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Amazing New Energy Source: Introducing TREES

August 20, 2015

Scientists at the Climate/Energy Design and Research institute (CEDAR) have just announced the discovery of an astounding new energy source that promises to solve several of humanity’s thorniest dilemmas at once.

“This is a paradigm-shifting moment,” says Dawn O’Newday, the engineer in charge of the project. “Whatever your game is, this changes it. Big time.”

The new energy source, called TREES (Totally Renewable Energy, Emissions capture, and Storage) is, as the name suggests, completely renewable. Unlike conventional power plants, TREES devices use no fuel; and unlike most solar and wind technologies, TREES requires no non-renewable materials for the manufacture of panels or turbines.

Further, TREES devices are actually self-replicating, through a radical innovation known as SEEDS (Self-reproduction through Endo-Encrypted Data Simulation). Because each TREES device can make endless copies of itself without any mining or manufacturing cost, and because TREES captures abundant sunlight, this may be the first truly free energy source ever discovered by humanity.

On top of that, TREES offers built-in energy storage. The technology captures energy from sunlight in real time, then chemically converts it to an energy-preserving substance that is both useful and durable. In their energy storage mode, TREES devices can be fashioned into usable items like furniture, houses, paper, packaging, and—best of all—musical instruments. The storage capabilities of this technology are both large in scale and long-term: the technology’s developers project that TREES will be able to store energy for hundreds of years, while some individual devices will be able to preserve the energy equivalent of 3000 barrels of oil.

But the advantages of TREES technology don’t end there. As they capture and store energy, TREES devices actually remove carbon from the atmosphere. And again, they do this at no cost! No other carbon capture technology comes even close to this level of efficiency.

Some early critics of TREES technology have pointed out that the solar energy conversion efficiency of the process used (under ten percent) is relatively low as compared to that of the most advanced photovoltaic panels operating under laboratory conditions (46 percent). However, this comparison fails to take into account the tremendous cost differences between the two technologies. Taking cost, storage, and carbon capture into account, TREES represents a huge breakthrough over existing solar technologies and could lead to a much more rapid and broad-scale adoption of sunlight energy. Scientists who have been working on developing artificial photosynthesis devices report amazement that actual photosynthesis is possible at the scale and cost now possible with TREES.

Scientists at the CEDAR lab in Silicon Valley running tests on a TREES prototype.

Scientists at the CEDAR lab in Silicon Valley running tests on a TREES prototype.

The list of TREES capabilities and advantages goes on. Almost unbelievably, some versions of TREES devices actually produce food, again at no cost! And they do so without soil-destroying tillage. Scientists at CEDAR speculate that a wide variety of unique food items—valuable sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals—may one day be produced from TREES.

A hidden feature of TREES is its unique attachment technology, dubbed ROOTS (Regenerative Operant Outreach Tether Siphoning), which enables TREES to remain sturdily in place while actually preventing soil erosion.

Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this still-unfolding story of technological triumph is that engineers at CEDAR have developed TREES using open-source methods, making their amazing breakthrough freely available to anyone, anywhere.

Asked about the long-term implications of TREES, Justin Powers, a staff scientist working on the project, reflected philosophically that, “TREES may enable civilization to evolve to a new level. Currently we are dependent upon fossil fuels and all kinds of machines, including nuclear reactors and wind turbines—all made from depleting, non-renewable resources. If TREES technology takes off, as I’m sure it will, it may herald a new age in which human beings rely on energy they harvest at rates commensurate with natural processes, and in ways that don’t deplete or pollute the biosphere in any way. And on top of that, everything will be free, so there will be no more poverty or economic inequality.”

Image courtesy of shutterstock.com

  • sunweb

    written four years ago:

    An oak tree is renewable. A horse is renewable. They reproduce themselves. The human-made equipment used to capture solar energy or wind energy is not renewable. There is considerable fossil fuel energy embedded in this equipment. The many components used in devices to capture solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy and biomass energy – aluminum, glass, copper, rare metals, petroleum in many forms to name a few – are fossil fuel dependent.

    Wind used by sailing ships and old style “dutch” wind machines is renewable and sustainable.

    From: Energy in the Real World with pictures of proof.


  • Michael Dowd

    Richard, what a brilliant and fun piece. Thank you!!

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  • EVHappy

    Great technology! lol. Unfortunately, it won’t work for 7.3 billion people. If we got back down to less than 1 billion then yes, TREES will work!

  • Andy Enriquez

    Let’s be good to the environment. Support the TREES!!! Allow the technology to GROW!!! Green Regenarative Oxygen Workhorses.

  • xheesie

    Why use what we already have when you can make a killing with yet another IPO??

  • urbangdl

    There is enough to feed the world but there will never be enough to feed the greed of few

  • FrenchAnnie

    Imagine developing not just TREES, but FOOD (fabulous and oh! oh! delicious) TREES! They might produce NUTS (nutritionally useful and terrific sustainance) for instance, full of proteins and healthy oils. So with those, and other products from amazing new green developments, we wouldn’t need animal foods, which of course are responsible for 15-50% of GHG emissions and much environmental damage. That would be revolutionary!

  • shellinaya

    TREES is not a good source of energy. They produce pollution and CO2 when burned, so not thrilled about this “energy source”. They are technically renewable but they take many years to “self replicate”. They also take a lot of water (and soil) to produce, so figure that in to the “renewable” equation.

  • peterj

    they are not growing trees, the first letters in this new energy source just happens to spell trees

  • treehuggingdirtworshiper

    peterj, are you for real? Of course they’re growing trees.

  • Fred Inman

    Excellent post – I learned a lot from the specifics – Does anyone know if my business can acquire a blank IRS 1040 – Schedule C version to fill out ?