What remains of the wind turbine?

 

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In October 1977 I had the opportunity to return to the site of the wind turbine which has been, during eleven years, the second in the world in terms of wind power and which remain, twenty years later, in the top five wind turbines ever built by man. It was, at that time, the most powerful wind turbine built in France and Europe. I made these pictures of the concrete bases that the Vaubrun farmer, land owner, has never blown up while mining locations existed from the begining of construction of the station for their demolition.

The location of the wind turbine is on ZC8, ZC9 and ZC10 of the land registry of the city of Nogent-le-Roi.

I have since learned, by visitors to this website, that the remains were still in place and I went back in 2011. Since IGN allowed Google Maps to use its own aerial photographs, I have been able to locate it: the five massive concrete are still visible (see at the bottom of the photos).

The remains pictured in 1977

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Far away, the five massive concrete blocks. The front bases (north) and the rear base (south) seen at the same angle than the picture of the home page of the site.
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In the foreground the base of the north winch. The right north base and the stairs to go to the platform.
The second step (from bottom) one can see a hole provided to blow the base once the wind turbine removed.
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The ladder to access the south winch was placed on the base.
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The remains in 2011

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In the foreground and center, the concrete base of the north winch. Left and right, the bases of the front legs of the tripod. All from a different angle. One can see the bases of both north and south feet, and in the background, the base of the north winch.
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Pied Nord Socle
View of the bases of the feet and of the north winch.

The bases north feet of the tripod and on the north left base (foreground) the stairs to the platform. One can sees distinctly the hole made to place the dynamite rolls at the end of testing.

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Pied Sud
The base of the south foot and what remains of the locking device. The base of the south feet.
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Gros plan socle Sud Socle
Close up on the base of the south foot and on the fixing device of the locking plate. Anchor point of the traction and retainment cable and on the base.
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Element of the locking device. Same close-up.
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Socle Sud
Base of the north winch base and ladder to access the winch. Base of the south winch.
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South base seen from another angle. On the left side one can see part of the base of the south winch. An other view.
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Overview. Wink: six modern wind turbines in the distance.
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The remains of the wind turbine seen from space.
 
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Source : Google maps.
The five concrete blocks are visible at an altitude of 100m in 2011.

The remains of the wind turbine seen in Street View (Google Maps)
Frontground : the north winch ; then the two concrete blocks of the north feet ;
in the middle the south feet and, in the background, the south winch.


Last update: Aug-07-2014 23:11:17 CEST

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