Friday, 11 August 2017

20% of your electricity

Is generated by the nuclear power station at Golfech in Tarn and Garonne. Presently the No 1 reactor is closed for maintenance, an operation involving up to 2000 employees. Normally the reactor area is completely sealed, all monitoring done from the central control room, with the aid of video surveillance. The workers who are going into the area are strictly controlled for radio activity and must observe stringent standards of protection and wear sterile clothing.  The plant produces 5% of all France's electricity, enough to power eight local departments.
The government's energy policy is to phase out nuclear power to be replaced by renewable energy and economies. It seems a difficult task, especially if cars are to become electric after 2040.
Main reactor hall at Golfech