Power Generation in France
This is a web quest designed to allow you to explore the positives and negatives of different types of power generation. There are 2 basic groups of power generation, renewable and non-renewable. Renewable energy resources can be used over and over again, whilst non renewable resources will eventually run out.
1. Download a copy of the chart for you to fill in. Click here to download the word file.
2. Research the following web sites to complete your table
News round from the BBC - a guide to energy
Department of the environment guide to energy
3. How should France produce it's energy? give reasons for your answer and include information from your table.
4. Print a copy of
your chart to use next lesson.
How Tidal Power at La Rance, France, Works.
La Rance (seen above) is the world's largest tidal power station, could this be the alternative for France and its energy issue?
France's Nuclear Energy Program
In the 1970s and 1980s, a period during which the world experienced two oil crises, the French government decided to build thirty-four 900 MWe reactors. The first program was launched in 1974; two years later it was decided to build an additional twenty 1,300 MWe reactors.
Due to the successful use of its nuclear program, France has succeeded in meeting the challenges that have arisen as a result of two successive oil crises in 1974 and 1979, and has now entirely replaced fossil fuel plants with nuclear units. France now has 58 pressurized water reactors with a net installed capacity of 63,000 MWe. In 2000, nuclear energy represents 75 percent of the country's electricity production, satisfying national needs and representing a growing volume of export sales.
Pro's and Cons of Nuclear Power