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La Chaleur solaire et ses applications industrielles. Deuxième Édition. Revue et considérablement augmentée.

MOUCHOT, A. - [THE 1878 SUN-ENGINE - PRODUCING ICE FROM HEAT - PRESENTATION-COPY]

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Paris, 1879. 8vo. Uncut. Original printed wrappers. Some soiling to wrappers, and spine quite worn. Book block a bit loose. Internally only a bit of occasional brownspotting. (6), 294 pp. + two folded plates. Illustrated. Presentation-copy of the scarce first edition thus, being the much revised and expanded second edition of the first book explicitly devoted to solar energy, "Solar Energy and its Industrial Applications". This second edition, illustrating for the first time the now world-famous "sun Engine" of 1878, which became the greatest and most famous "sun machine" ever built, is of equal importance to the first. The fold-out illustration which appears here has become the most famous illustration of a solar powered machine and has been reproduced in all histories about solar energy ever since. This seminal second edition was expanded and revised on the basis of Mouchot's demonstration of his groundbreaking solar engine at the 1878 Paris exhibition. "He made a number of notable public demonstrations of his inventions. With Abel Pifre, he demonstrated a solar generator that powered a steam engine at the 1878 Paris Exhibition. Mouchot's exhibition engine included a mirror over 13 feet (3.96 meters) in diameter and a 21-gallon (79.5 liters) boiler. The boiler generated seven atmospheres of pressure and drove an ice-maker that produced a "solar" block of ice." (The Energy Library). Mouchot won the gold medal for his amazing 1878 sun machine at the Universal Exposition in Paris. An amazing feature of this groundbreaking machine was the demonstration of its ability to produce ice using concentrated solar heat. With this machine, Mouchot anticipated solar refrigerators, which he foresaw as becoming greatly important in hot climates, where sun-generated ice would help prevent food from spoiling.The PRESENTATION-INSCRIPTION to the half-title reads as thus: "à Monsieur Vanaut/ Expert-Comptable [i.e. professional accountant]/ hommage de l'auteur/ A. Mouchot". Auguste Mouchot was a French mathematics teacher, who in the 1860'ies became famous as the designer (and patent-taker) of the first machine that generated electricity with solar thermal energy electricity by the exposure of the sun, causing a revolution in the development of solar thermal power. Mouchot began his work with solar energy in 1860 after expressing grave concerns about his country's dependence on coal. In 1869 he published the first edition of his seminal "La Chaleur Solaire", which constitutes a milestone of what we now call "green energy", as it laid the foundation for our understanding of the conversion of solar radiation into mechanical power driven by steam.His work on solar energy and on the development of his sun machine forms the basis for the later developments on solar energy. "The work of Adams, Ericsson, and Shuman had been directly influenced by the solar conceptions of Augustin Mouchot, a man who arrived on the scene in nineteenth century France at precisely that moment when his ideas were likely to attract the most attention. It was a time when French industrial might was at a peak and her leaders open to new ideas, none more so than her emperor. " (Kryza, The Power of Light, p. 147). "His initial experiments involved a glass-enclosed, water-filled iron cauldron, in which sunlight passed through a glass cover, heating the water. This simple arrangement boiled water, but it also produced small quantities of steam. Mouchot added a reflector to concentrate additional radiation onto the cauldron, thus increasing the steam output. He succeeded in using his apparatus to operate a small, conventional steam engine. Impressed by Mouchot's device, Emperor Napoleon III offered financial assistance, which Mouchot used to produce refinements to the energy system. Mouchot's work help lay the foundation for our current understanding of the conversion of solar radiation into mechanical power driven by steam.The publication of his book on solar energy, "La Chaleur so. N° de ref. de la librería 47527

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Título: La Chaleur solaire et ses applications ...

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Edición: 1st Edition

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Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn A/S was founded in 1821 and is the oldest antiquarian bookseller in Scandinavia. We specialize mainly in important and rare books in all fields of Science and the Humanities.

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