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Paul Boucherot

AKA Paul Marie Joachim Boucherot

Born: 3-Oct-1869
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 7-Aug-1943
Location of death: Ardentes, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Engineer, Inventor

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Ocean thermal energy conversion

French engineer Paul Boucherot invented the double-cage rotor that made self-starting induction motors possible -- before his work, ignition of an induction motor required a separate (and expensive) attachment. He studied the conduction of electrical energy, was a proponent of alternating current (AC), and calculated what is now called Boucherot's theorem, which defines the total reactive power of a closed AC system. Working with physicist Georges Claude, Boucherot designed a machine to exploit the difference between sea surface and deep undersea water temperatures to trigger flash evaporation for generating electricity. Though their ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) was beyond the technology of their time, it is presently being studied for development by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    University: École Normale Supérieure
    Teacher: Electrical Engineering, École Normale Supérieure

    French Legion of Honor
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
Notice sur les Travaux Scientifiques et Techniques de P. Boucherot (Notice on the Scientific and Technical Work of P. Boucherot) (1924)



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