ATP is like a capacitor?

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Stanley514
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I`ve read that ATP stores lot of energy because it have three oxygen atoms, each one with spare electron.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenosine_triphosphate" [Broken]
1)So it seems very similar to capacitor to me.How it happens that ATP do not experience the similar problems to capacitor such as dielectric breakdown and self discharge?If human body contains huge amount of ATP molecules it should have giant negative charge.So why we do not make lightnings to the ground?
2)Is it possible to make a capacitor which whould work similar to ATP and store huge amount of energy?
 
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ATP is much more like a battery than a capacitor. It has no net charge in its standard state.
 
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ATP is much more like a battery than a capacitor. It has no net charge in its standard state.
How then you explain this picture:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATP_structure.svg" [Broken]
There is four oxygen atoms which have negative charge on the picture O- O- O- O-
How is it possible that entire molecule has no negative charge?Could you explain it in detail?
 
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Those negative charges are solvated by protons in an aqueous environment, which stabilize the molecule. The energy is stored in the bonds between oxygen, not in charge separation (per se).
 

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