The enthusiasts restoring France's old wind turbines
In the heart of the Touraine countryside, in France's Loire Valley, old mechanical wind turbines are being dismantled from their masts to be restored. These turbines are known as éoliennes Bollée – named after their inventor, Ernest-Sylvain Bollée. In the 19th century, they were used to pump water from the ground. Today, they're being given a new lease of life, thanks to retired aeronautical engineer Jean-Claude Pestel and other enthusiasts in the region. We take a closer look.