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There are now wind turbines on the Eiffel tower

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The world’s most iconic monument, Eiffiel Tower just got even better, with the addition of two vertical axis wind turbines.

Installed by New York company Urban Green Energy (UGE), the turbines are
capable of capturing wind from any direction and are located above the
tower’s second floor, 120 metres off the ground. They’re already
producing 10,000 kWh of electricity per year – enough to power the
Eiffel tower’s commercial first floor area. And as you can see below,
they look pretty damn good.
Called VisionAIR5s, the turbines are “virtually silent”, according to a UGE press release, and they were custom painted to matched the aged iron color of the Eiffel tower.
 

“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,” CEO of UGE, Nick
Blitterswyk, said in the release.
“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.”
As
part of the same renovation, the team installed LED lighting and 10
square metres of solar panels on the roof of the first-floor visitor’s
area. This solar set-up will heat nearly half of the water used by the
two pavilion areas. A rainwater recovery system is now also in place to
help flush the toilets.
There are no set renewable energy targets in place for the Eiffel tower at the moment, but the upgrade contributes to Paris’ climate plan,
which aims for the city to have a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions and energy consumption, and for 25 percent of energy to
come from renewable sources by 2020.

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Unfortunately, the new
initiatives don’t produce enough electricity just yet to offset the
tower’s controversial nightly light show. But the proof of concept is
there – we now know we can make iconic structures more sustainable
without destroying them. Plus it can’t hurt that the seven million
visitors each year will leave thinking about renewable energy.
Source: The Guardian

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