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The Nogent Le Roi wind turbine (France) 1955-1966
EDF - BEST - Romani


1950-1955 : The prototypes
The choice of the site
EDF or BEST photographs
Access to the site
Establishment of the site
The team
Design features
Comments on the wind turbine
Sights on the wind turbine
Close-ups on the wind turbine
The research station
The tilting of the wind turbine
1959: Record of production
Disassembling the generator
Some figures
1966: the scraping
What is left of the wind turbine?
Great power wind turbines
Where are the archives?
Lucien Romani
L. Romani & O.N.E.R.A.
Rauline Report and the N.A.S.A.
French wind links
Legal notice
Site map
Who am I?

Report a bug, a dead link or something else ...



The only official photograph of the Nogent-le-Roi wind turbine taken at the request of the Direction des Etudes et Recherches of EDF
(Late 1958 or early 1959)
© Techni-Flash Photo L. Masson 140 rue Falguière 75015 Paris.

The use of wind power to produce electricity is a hot topic promoted by environmental movements.
Many websites in the world and France are dedicated to this subject and my objective is not to debate here the pros and cons. However, I have not found any site (in 2004) relating the existence, from 1955 to 1966, of the experimental high-power wind turbine at Nogent-Le-Roi.

It so happens that my father, Pierre Jean Cavey (†), an engineer at the Bureau d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (BEST) created by Lucien Romani, was in charge of the Station d'Etude de l'Energie du Vent at Nogent-Le-Roi from 1956 to 1960.

I thought I was doing a useful job in creating this site, which brings together unpublished photos and technical data collected by Pierre Jean Cavey over fifty years ago.

The information published on this site comes from my father's archives and memory. Please excuse the quality of the photographs: except for some of them, all are amateur photos taken with the means of the time.

Do you work at Electricité De France?
Are you a wind turbine specialist?
Do you live in Nogent-le-Roi?
Do you have documents, photographs or information about the BEST-Romani wind turbine?

Send a mail.

This site is copyrighted by Jean-Luc Cavey (2004-2024).
You are authorised to reproduce parts of the text or to use the photographs, without alteration or modification, provided that you specify the origin and put a link on this site.
Photographs licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.
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Techni-Flash Photo L. Masson 140 rue Falguière 75015 Paris.
Post cards " La Pie "
Pierre Jean Cavey (†) and Jean-Luc Cavey.

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