You are reading content from Scuttlebutt
@elavoie

Augustin Mouchot's Solar Concentrator (1878)

One of the, and perharps the, earliest solarpunk was the French inventor, Augustin Mouchot.

I had a chance to visit the Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris yesterday, which among others expositions traces the evolution of machines that have enabled our society to tap into all sorts of energy sources. There is a heavy focus on steam, petrol, and nuclear engines but among those, Mouchot's solar concentrator replica stands out beautifully.

solar-concentrator-mouchot.jpg

1/3 Replica at Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris.

solar-concentrator-close-up.jpg

Close-up view of the darken copper collector, covered by transparent glass.

There was little information about the concentrator in the exhibit itself, but I have found much more interesting stuff in the documentation center (in French).

documentation-solar-concentrator-mouchot.jpg

Collected technical and historical information available in the documentation center (in French).

I did not have much time to read everything available, next time I will reserve an entire day for the matter. Yet, skimming through, I have learned a few bits of trivia and read correspondance with the Academy of Science, the latter seemed to serve the purpose of today's scientific publications for disseminating ideas and experiment results.

Contrary to inventors of coal-powered steam engines and later petroleum internal combustion engines, which powered the industrial revolution and therefore made their inventors (and investors) quite wealthy, the solar inventions of Mouchot remained novelties with limited adoption in France. Mouchot worked on them in his spare time, beside a teaching career. He was motivated by a desire to improve the living conditions for all. He patented his invention in 1861 (no 48622) but quickly abandoned the patent after a positive reception of his first public displays, to avoid having the patents being the object of speculation [1]. He was already anticipating by then the end of coal and other fossil fuels.

He died poor, a lesson that any sufficiently radical innovator should keep in mind, yet we still remember him today and who knows what impact his inventions have yet to have. Maybe he was simply 150 years too early and the fossil fuels will have had to fully run their course before we will truly learn to base on society on the Sun and other renewable energies.

[1] A. Mouchot "La Chaleur Solaire et ses Applications Industrielles." 1869 pdf

#solarpunk

@bobhaugen
Voted this
@mycognosist
Voted this
@kaosat
Voted this
@graham
Voted this
@OxymoronSteinlausPC
Voted this
@d6e
Voted this
User has chosen not to be hosted publicly
@Andre Esteves
Voted this
@Andre Esteves

Don't forget father Himalaya..

https://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/padre-himalaya-a-portuguese-pioneer-on-solar-energy.html

@Jackalope
Voted this
@Solarpunk Station

There was an article some time ago in Land Art Generator that discussed the solar engines developed by Mouchot, Abel Pifre, and John Ericsson.

Ericsson.jpg

From Paul Collins’ 2002 essay The Beautiful Possibility:

“You will probably be surprised when I say that the sun-motor is nearer perfection than the steam-engine,” [Ericsson] wrote one friend, “but until coal mines are exhausted its value will not be fully acknowledged.” He calculated that solar power cost about ten times as much as coal, so that until coal began to run out, solar power would not be economically feasible. But this, to him, was not a sign of failure—there was no question that fossil fuels would indeed run out someday.

#solarpunk #lunarpunk #steampunk #energy #solar

@Solarpunk Station
Voted this
@xj9
Voted this
@adamsky
Voted this
@rmond
Voted this
@YeisenAchitel
Voted this
@The Scuttleverse Herald

butt_summaries_image.jpg

Recent Days in Scuttlebutt

A sample of life in the Scuttleverse.

Totally Random

@glyph shared some lovely photos from the Berlin Botanical Garden and Museum.

Pitcher plant Pitcher plant - carnivorous (species unknown)


@Clinton shares an interesting sounding game called Block'Hood

It is a city building game, that focuses on building communities in self sustained, environmentally friendly, ecosystems. It is the first city building game that Iv’e seen where “community” is a resource that must be managed (increased by building spaces where the community can gather).

static1.squarespace.com.jpeg


@Aran noted that Bitcoin is now 10 years old. Regardless of what you think of Bitcoin or the Blockchain hype, you've got to give it credit for popularizing the idea, and eventually bringing us scuttlebutt.


@elavoie shared a solar concentrator from the mid 1800's.

solar-concentrator-mouchot.jpg

(details in their post)

Software

Manyverse has added the ability to block profiles publicly or secretly.

manyverse blocking screenshot

Community

@mixmix notes that Registration is live for ScuttleCamp ONE at camp.scuttlebutt.nz

a 4-day getaway, set in a sweet secluded location.
A chance for scuttlebutts to hang out, get to know each other in person, it's for anyone already on scuttlebutt, especially those growing the p2p commons i.e. community gardeners, spell weavers, academics, citizens, coders etc.

scuttlecamp one

Related: @cel
Notes about New Zealand Visa Waiver for those traveling from outside the country.

It is kindly requested that you not post this on the WWW. This is for us 'butt scuttlers only. ;)


@Richard D. Bartlett shares "Core Protocols for Effective Communication"

Core Protocols

via blog.crisp.se

post 1 of 2

Join Scuttlebutt now