France has announced it will roll out its first two-way central vacuum system that can deliver power to the entire country within five minutes.
The system, called a “drain-gate” is expected to be ready for use in 2019, according to the French government.
The system was originally developed to solve a problem that affected thousands of French households during the 2014 earthquake and floods, the country’s environment minister said in a statement.
It can provide power to more than 6 million households and will be capable of delivering power to buildings and power plants, as well as to the cities and towns that are not connected to the grid.
The country’s biggest city, Paris, is expected in 2019 to be able to use the system.
According to the government, the system is expected have the capacity to deliver power of up to 2,000 megawatts to 1,600 households and to deliver electricity to more then 2 million households by 2020.
The government also said that by 2019, the drainage system will be fully operational.
The system has been installed in the village of St-Emilion, which has a population of just over 11,000.
It was designed by the company, EcoPower, and will provide the same level of service to households as a large municipal water main.
“This is a great moment for the French people to see that we are on the right track,” Environment Minister Nathalie Gougeon said.
In a video posted on the EcoPower website, the company’s CEO, Yves Richeau, praised the French Government for making a move to help solve the issue of rural power shortages.
He also said the system could be rolled out in other countries.
With power now coming from the central vacuum, the French will have access to more energy from other sources, he said.