• Short Summary

    THE FRENCH POWER GRID WILL SOON BE RECEIVING A BOOST FROM A NEW COASTAL PLANT, WHICH UTILISES THE STRENGTH OF THE TIDES TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY.

  • Description

    THE FRENCH POWER GRID WILL SOON BE RECEIVING A BOOST FROM A NEW COASTAL PLANT, WHICH UTILISES THE STRENGTH OF THE TIDES TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY. THE PLANT IS SITUATED BETWEEN DINARD AND ST. MALO, ON THE RANCE RIVER.

    ENGINEERS DECIDED TO ESTABLISH THE PLANT AFTER A DETAINED STUDY OF TIDAL MOVEMENTS WHICH TURNED THE WHEELS AND SAILS OF OLD MILLS. THIS REVEALED EXCEPTIONAL TIDAL STRENGTH -- ENOUGH TO PROVIDE FOR WHAT'S BELIEVED TO BE THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRICITY PLANT POWERED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE SEA.

    FRENCH POWER AUTHORITIES CONSIDER THAT THE TIDAL ACTIVITY IS FAVOURABLE ENOUGH TO PROVIDE VIRTUALLY AN INEXHAUSTIBLE POWER SUPPLY. ENGINEERS WILL BE ABLE TO REGULATE THE OUTPUT BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW TIDES AND "STORE" POWER AT WILL.

    THE PROJECT COMPLEX, WITH RESERVOIR WALL AND PLANT, STRETCHES OVER A LENGTH OF ABOUT 2,460 FEET (750 METRES). THE WALL REACHES A HEIGHT OF 30 FEET (28 METRES) AND IS 165 FEET (55 METRES) WIDE.

    FINAL CONSTRUCTION IS NOW IN PROGRESS AND THE PLANT IS BEING PUT INTO INITIAL OPERATION. OUTPUT FROM ST. MALO WILL BE "ON STREAM" TO THE FRENCH ELECTRICITY NETWORK IN JULY. ANNUAL OUTPUT WILL REACH ABOUT 540-MILLION KILOWATT-HOURS -- A POWERFUL ADDITION TO THE FRENCH SYSTEM, WHICH ATTAINS A CONSUMER LEVEL ANNUALLY OF ABOUT 10,000-MILLION KILOWATT HOURS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5QWZ264W7A29NQ65S5TEALU1J
    Media URN:
    VLVA5QWZ264W7A29NQ65S5TEALU1J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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