Multiscale Analysis and Optimisation of Photosynthetic Solar Energy Systems [article]

Andrew K. Ringsmuth
<span title="2014-02-24">2014</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
This work asks how light harvesting in photosynthetic systems can be optimised for economically scalable, sustainable energy production. Hierarchy theory is introduced as a system-analysis and optimisation tool better able to handle multiscale, multiprocess complexities in photosynthetic energetics compared with standard linear-process analysis. Within this framework, new insights are given into relationships between composition, structure and energetics at the scale of the thylakoid membrane,
more &raquo; ... nd also into how components at different scales cooperate under functional objectives of the whole photosynthetic system. Combining these reductionistic and holistic analyses creates a platform for modelling multiscale-optimal, idealised photosynthetic systems in silico.
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