France looks to solar, renewable Solar Roads: Can Streets Become 10 months ago   02:24

Sustainable Energy looks at France's developing solar and renewable energy scene.
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D Man
I hope those things don't reflect light back magnified towards the ozone layer ?
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Amanda Peper
It's just one, France still beleive in nucleaire. With the solar energie too many competitor, cannot make black money for the politic.
The reason why France invested so heavily in nuclear energy is that the nuclear waste facility for the entire EU was/is in... Britain! They would have thought differently about it if they had to store nuclear waste next to their own precious fields of grape vines.
Tulio Cano
Well, way to go France. your leaders understand what US leaders don't
Chris Gerwin
I love how they conveniently left out where the back up power for this installation comes from. It's undoublty from natural gas which will be the primary source of the 300 megawatts since this solar installation will optimistically produce 60-80 of those megawatts (due to the low capacity factor of solar). No matter how much public support intermittent energy sources THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY GREEN. They can only be green with an equally green backup. Cheap efficient and large scale energy storage has proven to be an incredibly hard problem to solve and we really don't have any good solutions. The best green backup for renewables will be generation IV nuclear reactors, particularly molten salt reactors (Google search this term) because they can ramp up and down very quickly to stabilize wind and solar generation. If you truly are environmentalist and want a future of clean cheap and abundant energy for all, acknowledge your bias towards nuclear and rationally look into the modern nuclear reactors, you may be pleasantly surprised.
0:55 I doubt that triple efficiency claim.
Good job!!!!
World Shaper
The US is falling behiiiiiiiind!
Pretty sad tale. France with the lowest emissions in Europe, putting in solar and wind. How crazy is that. Solar and wind *will increase emissions in France* and increase the electricity price. As it is now doing in Ontario. That's what you get when you have two Bankster/Oil Baron stooge's leading the country. Hollande, the man who spends $120k per year on his hair, and his pupil the Rothschild Bankster/Oil Baron employee & puppy, Macron. They did the same in South Korea with President Moon, in Ontario with Premier McQuinty, in Vermont with Gov Shumlin and California with Gov Brown. Anywhere there is a successful nuclear power program, buy the lead politician, and get him to stupidly shutdown the zero-CO2 nuclear and replace it with Big Oil's NG/LNG electricity supply, greenwashed with wind & solar to sucker in gullible fools. 90% NG/LNG, 10% wind/solar. Increased emissions, increased electricity price, increased supply vulnerability, decreased supply reliability, increased NG shortages in the winter and high gas & electricity price peaks and more petrodollar Oil & Gas Pipeline Wars.

This solar power plant, very inefficient flat plate east-west orientation is very cheap to build @ $450M for 300MWpeak or $1.50 per watt pk, but with a CF% of only 13.3% means a cost of $11.5k per kwavg, much more than their latest First-Of-A-Kind nuclear, for an energy source that peaks in Spring when demand is minimum and only lasts for a meager 20yrs vs NPPs last for 60-100yrs, and uses a vast land area, land that could grow food or house people. And literally a mountain of toxic waste when the huge mass of solar panels must be discarded. Anyone who believes France will replace its nuclear, generating a few ounces of nuclear waste per French citizen's lifetime energy needs, with nutty wind and solar scams like they claim, is just too gullible and stupid. Of course this is all about switching from zero emissions nuclear to gas brought by dangerous LNG tankers and a pipeline from terrorists in the Middle East through Syria. Thus the Syrian pipeline war. Note Macron is eager to expand the Syrian war, wants to murder another 100k Syrian citizens.
Meanwhile the idiot orange orangutan Trump wants to
go back to coal.
Ale Kar
I hope this is all land that cannot be used by agriculture.
Because at first I would put solar on rooftops, of which we have enough, continuing with land that cannot be used otherwise.
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Solar Roads: Can Streets Become France looks to solar, renewable 10 months ago   04:14

The sun's rays can hit some roads for up to 90 percent of the daylight hours, so companies in Europe and the U.S. are experimenting with building solar panels along or above roads. But are such projects worth the cost? In France one company is hoping to distinguish itself—and reduce costs—with solar panels that are laid directly on the pavement.
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