we produce the Linear Mirror II
Ich hân mîn lêhen, al die werlt, ich hân mîn lêhen!
(Walter von der Vogelweide, 1220) december 2013 Research and Development for the Linear Mirror were privately funded, since projects of this kind in practice are excluded from public and in particular from european funding. Still, we succeeded to conclude the development of the Linear Mirror II in 2013 and to also obtain the very expensive Solar Keymark certificate (a certificate for solar thermal devices). At this point our (Isomorph srl and me) resources were totally exhausted and we would not have been able anymore to bring the Linear Mirror II into industrial production. As a consequence, the Linear Mirror would have returned to oblivion, were it had been staying since the death of Archimedes. We therefore tried to have the Mirror produced by external companies, hoping that this would avoid further investments on our part. But that did not work: the external companies asked prices which were by large factors above what is normal, we were asked up to 100 Euro per kg of elaborated steel (simple craftsman elaboration, no precision machining, no milling etc). Only in one case could I find the reason for this strange behaviour. It was at a small company, consisting of father and two sons. The sons were very intelligent and educated, and enthusiastic about the Linear Mirrorr. The father seemed to be somewhat lost in comparison. During our conversations it became clear, that he feared losing his very tight control over the sons, the Linear Mirror undermined his power. He asked a ridicoulosly high price in order to keep the mirror out of his little world, in order to stabilize his position of dictatorship over his family. At this point, the Chamber of Commerce of Gorizia, based on a recommendation from Area Science Park Trieste saved the Linear Mirror project: they gave us a small factory and granted enough money to start a small production. The person to whom we mostly owed this is Elena Pianese. We've got our fief, all world, we've got our fief! (1220 and Dec. 2013)