Through two vertical axis wind turbines, the Eiffel tower now generates wind energy in order to power its commercial areas on the first floor.
A US-based renewable energy company called UGE International Ltd. partnered with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE) to install two of their UGE VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines on the second level of the Eiffel tower. According to UGE’s press release, the wind turbines have been places 400ft (120m) above ground level in order to maximize the amount of wind that can be captured, “the turbines are now producing 10,000kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the power used by the commercial areas of the Eiffel Tower’s first floor”.
The wind turbines have been painted the same colour as the tower in order to blend in, and are virtually silent as they spin and generate electricity.
The SETE has recently made some additional efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of the Eiffel tower by 25%, thanks to the City of Paris Climate Plan.
Some of these improvements include:
- LED lighting
- 10 m² of roof-mounted solar panels
- Rainwater recovery system
- High-performance heat pumps
CEO of UGE, Nick Blitterswyk said, “The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most renowned architectural icon in the world, and we are proud that our advanced technology was chosen as the Tower commits to a more sustainable future,”
“When visitors from around the world see the wind turbines, we get one step closer to a world powered by clean and reliable renewable energy.”