The team


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
Legal notice
Site map
Who am I?

The permanent staff responsible for operating the wind turbine was made up of seven people and two guards (with their dogs) led by Pierre Jean Cavey (January 1956 to April 1960) then by Marc Leguilllette (May 1960-1963).

On the EDF side, the "Wind Energy Division" was made up of seven to eight persons. Its Director was André Argan (Engineer ECP), Head of Division, which directly followed the work of Nogent-le-Roi. It was assited by Georges Valley (ing ESE) research engineer especially responsible for the wind turbine Neyrpic-Sogréah at Saint-Rémy des Landes in the English Channel, Mr Georges Rauline (ing EDF) author of the report translated by NASA and Mr Lacam (ing EDF) in charge of Nogent le Roi. Ms. Billet was the secretary. There were also three technicians MMr Lallemand and Guidal as well as Mr Contant in Saint-Rémy des Landes (50). Mr Pierre Ailleret, Director of Studies and Research EDF was the prime contractor. The Wind Energy Division was attached to the Department of Studies and Hydraulic Research a part of the Studies and Research at EDF (Head of Service: Mr Gaston Remenias).

On the BEST side, there was Mr. Sautereau (Engineer Arts et Métiers) for the mechanical part, Mr. Seger (Engineer IEG) for the electrical components and an aeronautical engineer for aerodynamics components to which were added severals technicians located in Paris.



From left to right:
Standing: MM. P. Debruyne (BEST), Lemarec, Pierre Jean Cavey, Jean Paillet, Fougères (Electro-France).
Kneeling: MM. J. Lugand, Lugand (brother of the above), and Cherdlé.
Absent: Mr. Geraud (Retired local EDF) and the two guards.
As these tests took place during the Algeria war, EDF and the BEST feared an attack against the wind turbine.
The guards were armed with a carbine 22 LR and my father had a license to possess a 7.65 mm pistol.

The same.
Photographs are taken in front of the research station.

Pierre Jean Cavey (boots) and Mr. Fougères (Electro-France), hidden by his hat.
Pierre Jean Cavey is 36 years old in these photos (1958) and his inseparable pipe in his mouth.
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The recruitment of my father by the BEST enabled him to buy our first car: a Renault 4CV (type R1062 model 1952 with the horn on the left and fog light right). The car registration number was 9822 AS 78 and my father bought it secondhand for 3 000 former francs in April 1955 (ie € 4 today). On the right, the picture shows the path of the truck which had been reinforced with steel plates interlockable. This type of plate was imported in Europe (and the Pacific) by the allies to build temporary airfields during World War II.

Pictured from left Mr Lemarec (beret) and on the right one Mr Da Silva (jacket), both from the BEST.

(Click on the pictures to see their actual size).

Last update: Mar-01-2019 13h35 CET

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