French machines

Gear shaft at Moulin de Lhomont

Polycrystaline photovoltaic panels near Chateau ChalonA feature here at Moulin de Lhomont is one of the mill’s original gear shafts, which has been left in place as a dining room curio. It occurs to me that we have actually been staying inside a big French machine, and one that can lay a very early claim to ‘green’ efficiency (and this isn’t even the first time we’ve stayed in a big European machine).

Some photovoltaic panels spotted on a centuries-old roof in Granges sur Baume, were identified by friend Peter Bostock as polycrystaline cells (Peter’s firm, Solaicx, has perfected a process for making the more-efficient monocrystaline cells), share the ‘green’ tag and possibly point to the future of power here in pleine compagne. Meanwhile, speaking of French machines, I’ve been wrestling with an Alcatel ADSL modem, trying to get past a forgotten WiFi password, to no avail…

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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