Friday, 1 April 2011

Friday, 1 April 2011

New technology - new energy

The terrible situation in Japan has the entire world looking at how it produces energy, both for today, and of course, in the future. France is heavily dependant upon nuclear power, and has invested heavily in wind turbines, "éoliens", but they have many critics due to their lack of power when there is no wind, or indeed too much. Indeed, with an estimated life span of 20 years, it takes them 15 years to break even, so there is a period of just 5 years when they are profitable. The impact that they have on the landscape divides opinion, but they do have a negative impact upon house prices. In the Corrèze there is just one wind farm, at Peyrelevade, producing 9 MW of electricity. In comparison, a large solar powered plant has been built at Saint Priest de Gimel, producing 24 MW of electricity. Given the low impact on the surrounding area, and the excellent sunshine records in south western France, surely this is a better way to proceed. Peter Elias (Agent Commercial) www.allez-francais.com Filed Under:

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