My to do list just got a lot longer.
1. How much nitrate are we producing?
2. How much energy per molecule of nitrate?
3. Is this even practical?
4. How will plants react to having nitrate instead of ammonia?
5. A bunch of other things I don’t even know to ask.
6. Who is the best person to measure these effects?
Noel Currie of Currie Chemical is a PhD chemist and microbiologist who lives and works in Presque Isle, ME. Noel was recommended because he has a complete test lab with all the equipment needed and also did organics and micronutrients for farmers.
Presque Isle is a beautiful place and right up next to Canada. We shipped up a corona cell and power supply, flew up and spent several days trying to quantify the effects. The conclusion was we were producing nitrate (which I knew) at about .01 ppm after 1 hour (not a lot of nitrate I thought). We were not using very much energy (0.8 amps at 115v) about 92 watts of power to produce it so that was a good thing. We also found out we could generate beneficial ions as well when we used electrodes made of different metals. In the picture you can see the test tubes showing levels of nitrate and copper ions. Nitrate is purple, copper is orange.
I left Noel with the generator and he agreed, based on the initial testing that he would perform some basic potting tests to see if, in fact, the plants respond positively to this form of nitrate.Here is a quick video of the ambient air testing.