The idea of using solar rays as a source of power is certainly not new. History records Archimedes' use of a solar concentrator to burn enemy vessels. The use of solar heat engines for over 150 years, the operation of a massive solar still to convert sea water to potable water in Chile for 40 years, and the development of an elaborate solar furnace in France are noted examples ofthe long standing and highly successful application of solar power.
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