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An emblematic dam-hydropower plant

With impressive dimensions, the dam-hydropower plant of Génissiat is an unmissable stopping point in the landscape of the Upper Rhone, sitting astride Ain and Haute-Savoie. It is also a milestone in France’s energy history: a few kilometres from the source of the Rhone in Switzerland, this hydroelectricity facility was the 1st built by CNR in the Rhone Valley.

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The tour circuit

The visits, guided by a professional tour guide, last an hour and a half. You will be at the heart of an industrial facility, next to the turbines and transformers, in the control room, and the team operating the site. Soak in the atmosphere!

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Yesterday

Rebuilding France

After 11 years of construction disturbed by the war, Génissiat supplied its first KWh in 1948 and supplied Paris with electricity at the time.

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Today

Making hydroelectricity the leading source of renewable energy

The dam-hydropower plant supplies 10% of the annual production generated from the Rhone. An essential link in hydroelectricity production between Switzerland and France, CNR plays a pivotal role in managing the sediments naturally present in the water.

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Tomorrow

Exploiting the force of water differently

CNR is developing a project of 39 hydrokinetic river turbines immediately downstream of Génissiat, making it the largest river installation of its kind in the world.

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The guided tours are available only by reservation, for both individuals and groups.

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