we produce the Linear Mirror II
Let's move (Renaissance)
Jan 2014 The family Fregolent has bought the first Linear Mirror II device. They will use it for their new hotel at Pordenone “Al Cavalliere”. The mirror will provide hot water for heating and for sanitary use. We made a special price for the Linear Mirror of 6.500 Euro, the family gets 6.100 Euro from the italian “conto termico” incentive (www.gse.it). That is solar energy almost for free.
The Cavalliere is an old restored rural building, surrounded by quiet fields and woods, a small river with trees on its banks and behind that the Alp mountains. The mirror fits well there, a calm reflection on nature. From an economic point of view it will distinguish the hotel from others and it will please the guests, creating sustained publicity. Considering this, the mirror and the energy provided by it really is for free, or better than for free, and in addition it creates a tax free income of 800 Euros per year.
In meanwhile our struggle with external companies continues: we received another 70 kg of steel structure from an external company, which made a very good, well equipped and professional impression. The delivery time was 4 month instead of the promised 2 months, the mechanical tolerances turned out to be 4 cm really instead of the 2 mm guaranteed. And 1600 Euro advance payment. Without our factory-fief we would be so very dead now. God save the Chamber of Commerce.
Considering this kind of trouble, becoming a little industrialist does not seem to be the most efficient way of doing physics. Instead it is: if you work with a big science laboratory, you can dedicate all of your time to doing physics in theory, but you are not allowed to do physics in practice. Instead you must execute what management tells you. And since those laboratories are run by the state, the managers are public administrators. They have academic titles of course, but have never exercised science.
If instead you work at the University, you have a tiny little bit more freedom, but you do not have money. You can apply for funding, but that takes so much time, that hardly any time is left for doing physics again. Even worse: once you get money, you must spent it precisely in the way you have described when you did your request, years ago. It is like fighting with your hands tied on your back.
This is why the Italian Government 11 years ago has allowed academic spin off companies, like for instance Isomorph srl. Effectively, the university spin offs are a way to bypass the university public administration. Therefore, running a spin off company is a good way of doing physics in Italy, as far as I am concerned.
Furthermore it is totally impossible in the current social climate, to connect from within a university physics institute to the outside world - to art, architecture, philosophy, history, political sciences – I really tried for years, but there is no hope. It might be easier to create those connections based on a science company.
Having sold the first Linear Mirror II in the world to the Fregolents is supporting this hope: the Fregolents have always supported art, commissioning paintings for their homes and their restaurant, grandparents Fregolent these day publish and present their book, telling the last 100 years of local history from a family point of view. They are successful business men and deeply rooted in culture at the same time. That is rare in Europe. That must be the future. Let's move.
p.s. Writing down these things I realise, that a similar story had already happened once to the Linear Mirror. The first industrial Linear Mirror I device in Italy was installed at the Restaurant “Il Biergarten”, not far away from Pordenone (www.ilbiergarten.com).
(While the very first Linear Mirror, still an alpha version, was bought by the Major of Pontebba, Dott.ssa Isabella De Monte, and her secretary, Dott. Varutti. She did not bother, that it was an alpha version, not quite perfect yet, quite in contrary, she welcomed that, she was proud to support science. She put the Linear Mirror I in front of the kindergarten at Pontebba, where it has been working now for 3 years. Pontebba became one of the “comuni virtuosi” thanks to the Linear Mirror in 2011 (http://www.comunivirtuosi.org), and Isabella is a senator in Rome by now).
The owner of the biergarten, my friend Danilo Munisso, had spent many years at Munich, where he launched several very good restaurants, one of them was quite famous, the Locanda Picolit. But making money wasn't enough for him. He finally went back to his little home town, together with his wife Ingrid, and he restored an old, totally run down building, rubble almost. It dates back to 1768, with some old painting still visible at the outside, it had served as a place of leisure for a noble venice family. Hemingway stayed at this place for a few weeks for hunting when he had a love story with a young lady from this family. Danilo could have bought a new place, and for less money, instead he restored everything to make it become alive again, he directed all the works by himself, so now it has become a beautiful restaurant. And in his park there is a Linear Mirror.
Sooner or later the material guys will discover the Linear Mirror, too, since a Linear Mirror is presumably the only legal way to print money. But the persons, who made the Linear Mirror possible, who helped me recover it from oblivion, were no material guys.