Le Chateliers principle

The exergy storage hypothesis might be taken as a generalized version of Le Chatelier's Principle. Biomass synthesis can be expressed as a chemical reaction energy + nutrients molecules with more free energy (exergy) and organization According to Le Chatelier's Principle, if energy is put into a reaction system at equilibrium, then the system will shift its equilibrium composition in a way to counteract the change. This means that more molecules with more free energy and organization will be...

The Maximum Power Principle

Lotka (1925, 1956) formulated the maximum power principle. He suggested that systems prevail that develop designs that maximize the flow of useful (for maintenance and growth) energy, and Odum used this principle to explain much about the structure and processes of ecosystems (Odum and Pinkerton, 1955). Boltzmann (1905) said that the struggle for existence is a struggle for free energy available for work, which is a definition very close to the maximum exergy principle introduced in the next...