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  • La centrale du camping Isis en Cevennes

Constructed at the end of the XIXth Century to produce energy to power the manufacturing of textiles in Ganges, our little Hydro-Electric station with a force of 320KWh, diffuses today on the national network, this terrific electricity.
Its canal, longer than a km, follows the river to the great pleasure of the riverside fishermen, outdoor sportsmen and hikers.

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Its canal, longer than a km, follows the river to the great pleasure of the riverside fishermen, outdoor sportsmen and hikers.

Le Barrage pres du Camping Isis en Cevennes

RENEWABLE ENERGIES: A European priority

  • FIABLE TECHNIQUES, DURABLE AND PROVED In France, for over 100 years, the force of water has been producing electricity.

Since the invention of the hydraulic turbine, the hydro-electric turbine has not stopped improving or modernising.

The constantly experience gained in matters of civil genius (damns, buildings etc.), of material (turbines and alternators) and innovation techniques thus permit to create equipment that is durable, efficient and performing, whilst respecting the environment.

  • A DECENTRALISED PRODUCTION IN THE WHOLE OF FRANCE The 200 private French stations produce more than 5 billion KWh per year. Hydroelectricity represents close to 1/5th of the electricity produced in the world which makes the it the main source of renewable energy.

la centrale hydrau electrique du camping Isis en Cevennes

  • A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROCTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT A pure wind by the force of the water, electricity by hydroelectric energy:
    • without producing any pollution (no sulphur dioxide, no nitrogen dioxide, no ash of particles)
    • without creating any greenhouse (without releasing any carbonic gasses)
    • without exhausting the natural fossil resources (gas, carbon, petrol)
    • doesn’t consume any water
    • hydroelectric energy is a source of electrical energy that is constantly renewable
    • the little hydro-electric stations do not modify the quality, the resource or the system of the water
    • the hydro-electric energy is very economically viable: the costs of the combustibles are nil ad the running costs are poor
    • the stations themselves have a long life. A good number of them have been active for half a century and are still in good working order.
  • RENEWABLE ENERGIES VERSUS FOSSIL ENERGIES A source of energy is said renewable if the use of it does not limit its future use. Given the actual consummation, the world wide reserves of fossil energy amount to:
    • 228 years of carbon de
    • 66 years of natural gasses
    • 60 years of uranium
    • 45 years of petrol
    • For the sun and its derivatives, the wind and the water cycle, the estimations are around 6 billion years.
      • Solar: it’s the daylight that we transform into electricity; this energy, captured by the ground, in an hour would suffice to cover the entire energy needs of the whole world for a year! (To cover the consumption of a family, 20 to 30 m2 of roof surface orientated towards the south would suffice.)

What do we need to develop to preserve the planet?
On a parallel, the renewable energies are a response to a good political arrangement of territory and to develop durability:

    • They participate to the security of supplies and to the energy independence.
    • Spread over all the territory, they equally avoid very high voltage lines
    • They implicate important investing that can only be registered in the duration.
    • They are particularly job creating.
  • RENEWABLE ENERGIES VERSUS NUCLEAR ENERGY France has at its disposal Nuclear Power plants that are known to be particularly safe. But what to do with the waste during their 20,000 (that’s twenty thousand) year life expectancy? Where, how and at what price do we conserve and eliminate them? What will be the cost of the inevitable dismantling of these nuclear power stations?

Textual sourse: La Fédération des producteurs indépendants d’électricité AEF with whom we are partnered