Where are the archives?


1950-1955 : The prototypes
The choice of the site
Access to the site
Establishment of the site
The team
Design features
The wind turbine commented
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
Remains of the wind turbine
Great power wind turbines
Where are the archives?
Lucien Romani
L. Romani & l'O.N.E.R.A.
The wind turbine & N.A.S.A.
French wind links
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Who am I?

Pierre Jean Cavey did not kept any records of the work performed during his activity at the BEST. Records and observations he did , were all sent to the Paris office of the Leonidas Street for analysis by engineers of EDF and of the BEST. No one knows what became of the logs that were done by my father every day, as the captain of a ship, and where he noted any event. The only information he held are on this site. This is, essentially, photographs and handwritten notes from memory for lectures by Pierre Jean Cavey at the request of friends and relations long after the experience of Nogent-le-Roi.

According to a reliable source but not crosschecked, the archives of the Direction des Etudes et Recherches d'EDF related to this experiment have been destroyed. If this is the case it is regrettable because France had acquired, at the end of the Fourth Republic and the beginning of the Fifth, a real technical advance in controlling the production of electricity from wind power through great power wind turbines. But visitors of this site told me of tracks to explore when I shall have a little time:

  • Jean-Pierre Granier reported the existence of archives from EDF in Blois,
  • Mr. Pierre Gauthier, who worked at the Eiffel wind tunnel, think there are archives to read even if it is probable that they are not related to the wind turbine Nogent-le-Roi,
  • Un visiteur anonyme m'invite à consulter la photothèque d'EDF au 50 et 54 rue de Silly 92513 Boulogne Billancourt Cedex.

This work was all the more remarkable that they preceded by at least twenty years the ideas that became fashionable in the 1980s.

The O.N.E.R.A. and its wind tunnel of Chalais-Meudon have also archives of that wind turbine. Marc Rapin and Jean-Marc Noël have reproduced some parts in their book « Energie éolienne Principes - Etudes de cas » published in 2010 Dunod (ISBN: 978-2-10-050801-3). Pages 22 to 31 are also dedicated to wind turbine of Nogent-le-Roi and the reader will find information I have not reproduced here.

The experimental wind turbine BEST-Romani had a power rating greater than twice of the powert of the wind turbine of Dunkerque (300 kW) and it's power record was more than three times.

The Bureau d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (BEST) has, for its part, been liquidated in 1966 without anyone knowing what happened to its archives. Lucien Romani and his brother Gaston are dead. Lucien and Andrée Romani had a daughter. She may have kept some of these precious documents.

According to the Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Scientifique, there is, however, a « Fond Romani » in Meudon Observatory (Building of the 1 meter telescope, Laboratoire Audouin Dollfus).

Moreover, after the liquidation of the BEST, Lucien Romani appointed as was Technical Director at the Eiffel Wind Tunnel until the 1980s. It is possible to find there personal records unless they are those who have been repatriated to the Observatory, where he has also exerted an activity (« Physique du Système Solaire » Laboratory).

It is also likely that former employees of EDF or of the BEST have retained documents or photographs and have transmitted them to their descendants. Of these, it would be interesting to access the archives of the successor of my father, Marc Léguillette (now deceased).

The local press published photographs. It would be surprising that photographers have taken only the photos published. The exploration of the photographic background of « La Republique du Centre » and « L'Echo Républicain » would be useful.

The wind has, for almost a year, been the subject of model tests in the wind tunnel of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique of Poitiers.These tests were conducted by Professor Raymond Goethals. It is likely that the results of these tests have been archived on site.

Etienne Rogier and the Agence Méditerranéenne de l'Environnement have published very interesting information in their review « Cahiers d'Eole » number two (this document is no longer available on the website of the AME).

Any information that would fill the gaps of this site or to rectify some of them will be welcome. Contact can be made ​​by sending an e-mail to me.

This lack of record alone justifies the publication of this site so that the adventure of Nogent-le-Roi does not sink into oblivion before all the players have gone.

Last update : Mar-01-2019 13:35:52 CET

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