Global net primary productivity in terms of energy units

Value 0.21 W/m^2
Organism Biosphere
Reference Jorg Overmann and Ferran Garcia-Pichel, The Phototrophic Way of Life, Prokaryotes (2006) 2:32–85 chapter 1.3, edited by Stanley Falkow, Eugene Rosenberg, Karl-Heinz Schleifer, Erko Stackebrandt DOI: 10.1007/0-387-30742-7_3 p.32 left column 2nd paragraph
Comments P.32 left column 2nd paragraph: "At present the flux of electromagnetic energy supports a total primary production of 172.5×10^9 tons dry weight/year (168 g C/m^2/year, Whittaker and Likens, 1975 BNID 100602). If this global primary production is converted to energy units (39.9 kJ/gC, assuming that all photosynthetic products are carbohydrate), 0.21 W/m^2 and thus 0.13% of the available solar energy flux [given 160 W/m^2 of solar radiation reaching the earth from the sun on the average] are converted into chemical energy. Even at this low efficiency, the chemical energy stored in organic carbon still exceeds geothermal energy by at least one order of magnitude."
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