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Usine Maremotrice de la Rance, Dinard
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The Rance Tidal Power Station is a tidal power station located on the estuary of the Rance River in Brittany, France.Opened in 1966 as the world's first tidal power station, it is currently operated by Électricité de France and was for 45 years the largest tidal power station in the world by installed capacity until the South Korean Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station surpassed it in 2011.Its 24 turbines reach peak output at 240 megawatts and average 57 megawatts, a capacity factor of approximately 24%. At an annual output of approximately 500 GWh (491 GWh in 2009, 523 GWh in 2010), it supplies 0.12% of the power demand of France. The power density is of the order of 2.6 W / m². The cost of electricity production is estimated at 12 eurocents of kWh.The barrage is 750m long, from Brebis point in the west to Briantais point in the east. The power plant portion of the dam is 332.5m long and the tidal basin measures 22.5km2.HistoryAn early attempt to build a tidal power plant was made at Aber Wrac'h in the Finistère in 1925, but due to insufficient finance, it was abandoned in 1930. Plans for this plant served as the draft for follow-on work. Use of tidal energy is not an entirely new concept, since tidal mills have long existed in areas exposed to tides, particularly along the Rance.
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  • The tip of tourist view is not attractive ride. The landscape is not very nice compared to the rest of the coast in Britain. It is a place where delays are caused by high traffic. No it would designate it as a place to learn.
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  • One of the few dams in tidal in Europe (if not the only). Worth the trip. Give more in the beautiful mouth of the Rance. Beautiful country to visit.
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  • 50 years old and still in production, without a significant impact on future generations, renewable energy to renew
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