Great to see more of this. Seems Chile is set on a path of fairly fair relations between Capital and Workers. It does seem they're overreaching with the solar copper smelters, but just by how much?
Or maybe they just need a change of concept. A 75 meter diameter solar concentrator isn't so practical, but a field of moving reflectors feeding a smaller fixed concentrator...If it was up to Mouchot, he would have explained the limits of the technology and the limits of the state of the art.
Since he wasn't present at the meeting, Constantino Serrano did some fairly simple calculations and thus committed an error of Muskian proportions. Is not that the math is wrong, but current technology just can't create the sizes needed to achieve them.
Which will put the Franco-Chilena in some trouble.
Probably an equally large or even bigger concentrator, if we're to judge based on existing examples. Being fixed is still an advantage, but only goes so far.Or maybe they just need a change of concept. A 75 meter diameter solar concentrator isn't so practical, but a field of moving reflectors feeding a smaller fixed concentrator...
I was gonna say non-imaging optics, but apparently the math requires electronic computers.
I wonder if Cottrell will remain focused on solar power, or if their business model combined with the English technological scene will see them start getting pulled in other directions as well- there's a lot of advances in electronics (independent of power source) coming up in this period.It could take an idea, refine it and adapt it for practical use, and provide a reliable product that would sell well. Critically, it allowed the inventor to retain a significant part of the profits generated in exchange for joint-property of any patents developed, becoming a much more attractive alternative than its contemporaries.