the island of Ouessant in the forefront of the energy transition

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Sylvain ROUSSEAU

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Catherine NORRIS TRENT

At the time of COP24, France 24 examines the impact of global warming in France. Off the coast of Ouessant, in Brittany, a tidal turbine allows the island to obtain electricity thanks to the sea currents.

The operation is delicate : just before dawn, the engineers immerse a monster of 150 tons off the island of Ouessant, on the tip of Brittany. Thanks to the sea currents, the tidal turbine can supply electricity to the island up to 1 megawatt hour, 15 % of island needs

"This demonstration is a true technological showcase", assures Jean-Christophe Allo, sales manager Sabella, which produces the car. On the island of Ouessant, which works primarily with fuel oil, electricity costs ten times more than the continent.

For millennia, sea currents, storms and giant waves form the coast of this island under the age of 16 km². Here 860 inhabitants live to the rhythm of the elements. Among these Dominique Baot, photographer and storm hunter. Some see these storms repeatedly as an opportunity. In addition to the tidal turbine, the mayor of Ouessant, Denis Palluel, wants to install wind turbines and solar panels. Target : 100 % of renewable energy by 2030.

>> Read also the first episode of the series COP 24: the impact of climate change in Francewith The Camargue threatened by global warming.

Text by:

Sylvain ROUSSEAU

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Catherine NORRIS TRENT

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