“Harnessing the Sun” By Raymond Roy #FFfaw

Alexandre.. Alexandre! Are you still in bed?

“Oui Maman! Yes, I am coming! Walking downstairs from his upstairs loft.

“What is wrong with you? There are pigs to feed”, take out the rubbish to the burn pile. You are nineteen years old Alex. King Louis Philipe himself could walk through that door and you would probably sit there day-dreaming!

Shaking head in appeasement to his mother he went about her bidding.

Alex had been doing more than sleeping in. During this time of year the morning sun tracked perfectly through his thick burlap curtains. The focused energy was awe inspiring. He was fascinated by his secret experiments with what he was calling chemical batteries. Noting yesterday that when exposed to heat, they became quite volatile. Heat was unstable,hard to control. Playing with his prisms (if he could only better understand the less volatile visible light potential, the reaction would HAVE to be more stable).

He was right..

Word Count-158

In 1839 France, Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel, at age 19, would later be credited with creating the first photovoltaic device in his father’s laboratory.

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18 thoughts on ““Harnessing the Sun” By Raymond Roy #FFfaw

    1. I couldn’t agree more my good man. On a parallel line, I recently watched a documentary highlighting the fact that although the atomic bomb “ended” WWII, it was radar that “won” the war. An American with a home laboratory(in Tuxedo,NY)similar to Alexandre, was working on microwave radar but it was the British that were leaps ahead. Our countries worked together with the British research and American manufacturing resources to fast track radar fitted anti-aircraft guns and aircraft which saved countless allied lives.

    1. Yes my good man. Comparatively it seems one challenge in our day and age is being able to stay focused with so many distractions. Speaking for myself of course. Thanks for the comment.

  1. How many inventors frustrated their parents with their daydreaming? A lot, I’d wager. A fantastic historical piece. I really enjoyed it. Great photo too!

    1. Thanks E A. I was just “touching” on the late leaving the nest millennials of late. I had one of 3 that hung around but eventually with an improved economy and understanding his “big idea” he is well on his way. Thanks for the kind comments.

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