Here’s How the Eiffel Tower Is Going Green

Eiffel Tower at night. (Image: tpsdave)
Eiffel Tower at night. (Image: tpsdave)

The Eiffel tower has turned to renewable energy; it has installed two vertical axis wind turbines as part of its high profile renovation project.

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Urban Green Energy (UGE), a US-based renewables specialist, announced that the two turbines they fitted would deliver 10,000KWh of power every year. This is the same amount of power used by the commercial area on the first floor of the tower.

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UGE VisionAIR5 turbines installed on the Eiffel Tower. (Image: UGE)

The two UGE VisionAIR5 turbines have been painted grey to match the tower and are “virtually silent,” said UGE. The turbines are 400 feet above the ground and have been strategically chosen to maximize energy production and allow the turbines to take advantage of relatively steady winds.

Vertical axis wind turbines tend to deliver lower outputs than conventional turbines, but they are designed to operate in urban areas where winds tend to be less predictable and can come from multiple directions. Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE, said the project represented something of a publicity coup for the global renewables industry, reported The Guardian.

“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,” Blitterswyk said in a statement. “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.”

The Eiffel tower is going green with this major retrofit, and the wind turbines are just part of it.

A 10-meter square solar thermal array, heat pumps, rainwater recovery system, as well as energy efficient LED lights have also been installed.

It’s great to see. Hopefully, other countries will follow them and become greener as well.

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