Category: News

Renewable energy: overview

If we are interested in our unrestrained consumption of energies from all sources and we ask the question of the survival of humanity in the medium term, the only alternative is a massive recourse to renewable energies and a hoarding of leftovers of fossil fuels. All the looting and exploitation of the fuels buried in the earth’s crust are short-sighted and induce so much…
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La Coche: the most powerful Pelton hydroelectric power station in France

The largest “Pelton” turbine in France is being installed in Savoie, at La Coche, to increase the electric power of an original power station, where, sometimes, the water rises to the top of the mountain. Visit this video site like no other. In Savoy, at the entrance to the Tarentaise, an important site is integrated…
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Nuclear safety aided by digital

From now on, a nuclear reactor can be completed by a model and a “twin”, both digital. Virtual and augmented reality, as well as artificial intelligence and big data, have entered the nuclear industry. Explanations. Since last year, EDF has started designing twins. As part of the “Great fairing” (vast project spread from 2014 to…
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Artificial reef: the tire fiasco at sea in the Alpes-Maritimes

In the 1980s, 25,000 tires were dumped off Golfe-Juan to serve as an artificial reef. Faced with the failure of the operation and the risk of pollution, they are being removed. They were to promote wildlife and underwater flora and attract fish. Between 1980 and 1989, 25,000 tires, or 8,141 cubic meters, were immersed in…
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Photovoltaics: France bets on research

Today, China dominates the world market for solar panels. But thanks to its new Photovoltaic Institute inaugurated this week, France hopes to be able to develop unique know-how in terms of breakthrough technologies. It was in 2013 that the Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute (IPVF) was labeled Institute for the energy transition . It brings together both academic partners such…
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The world’s largest oil field is declining at an alarming rate

The Ghawar deposit, east of Saudi Arabia, accounts for half of the oil drawn from the kingdom. Its output has nevertheless mysteriously dropped according to figures from the national company Saudi Aramco revealed for the first time in 40 years. It has been a well-kept secret for decades. Saudi Aramco, the Saudi oil company published on…
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The first floating solar power plant in France sets up in Provence

The first floating solar power plant in France will come into service next September and the 47,000 photovoltaic panels will float on the water of an old disused quarry that has turned into an artificial lake. The project will have taken ten years to materialize in the small town of Piolenc, near Orange, in the…
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The future European agricultural policy criticized by scientists

German researchers have analyzed the proposals of the European Commission for post-2020 agricultural policy. According to their conclusions, the reform would not be up to the environmental challenges. The common agricultural policy (CAP), which represents around 40% of Europe’s budget, is currently the subject of negotiations for the period 2021-2027. In June 2018, the European…
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Global warming and agriculture: the Earth’s lands are dying, warns the IPCC

Subject to the pressure of human activities and climate change, the land is suffering. However, rapid and far-reaching measures for sustainable management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save them. And be part of the solution against global warming. This is what emerges from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…
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The first floating nuclear power plant begins a 5,000 km journey

It is Russian, weighs 21,000 tonnes, is 144 meters long and 30 meters wide. It is the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, equipped with two reactors with a capacity of 35 MW each. The Akademik Lomonossov will cross the Arctic to reach its home port in eastern Siberia, a high-risk crossing and an energy…
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