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    French National Railways (SNCF) have installed a new solar powered level-crossing system on the Tours to Saumur line - another of the revolutionary ways the sun is being harvested as a source of energy.

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    French National Railways (SNCF) have installed a new solar powered level-crossing system on the Tours to Saumur line - another of the revolutionary ways the sun is being harvested as a source of energy.

    SYNOPSIS: The installation of the solar powered level crossing is only an experiment. With the rising cost of petroleum products and France's reliance on nuclear, hydroelectric and thermal energy, the institution of solar powered electricity is something the French can use.

    The system draws it power from one hundred and twenty photoelectric cells in the solar panels. The power is stored in batteries and, when needed used in the operation of the level crossing. People travelling on the Tours to Saumur line haven't noticed any difference in the operation of the service.

    The introduction of the solar powered level crossings is a major development in the use of solar power. It has only been in operation since the beginning of July, and French railway officials say the operation of the automatic switcher has, although only experimental, saved some energy cost. Another solar powered level crossing is in operation in the southern French city of Montpellier.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEEYFGSFR22NGB0QPD1L0Z90CZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEEYFGSFR22NGB0QPD1L0Z90CZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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