Last year we reported on the ongoing sustainable makeover of the Eiffel Tower's first-floor. Work continues on turning the tower green, and as part of this process, New York's Urban Green Energy (UGE) recently installed two wind turbines that should reduce the carbon footprint of the iconic landmark.
The two turbines – a couple of VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines to be precise – were installed in partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), the body responsible for maintaining the Eiffel Tower. Located above the second floor, some 121 m (400 ft) off the ground, the turbines should be well situated to harness the prevailing wind. The engineering team was required to hoist them into place with ropes.
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UGE expects the turbines to produce over 10,000 kWh per year. Though this won't be sufficient to cover the Eiffel Tower's entire electricity needs, the firm reckons it should reduce the grid-based requirements of the first floor's commercial spaces by a significant amount.
Naturally, if you're going to tinker with the appearance of one of Europe's most iconic examples of architecture, you'll want to tread carefully. With this in mind, UGE painted the turbines to match the tower, and judging from the photos, they seem to fit in quite well with the overall design of the tower.
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