The city of lights modernized their iconic stature this month as part of the Paris climate protection plan, in which all of Paris will become energy efficient. The mayor of Paris announced “our City has chosen to become fully committed to combating climate change, a fully-fledged, global challenge that is putting our future and that of our planet at stake”. The Eiffel tower is a massive structure which uses huge amounts of electricity, and in an effort to improve the towers energy efficiency pair of VisionAIR5 wind turbines were created for the tower by the company Urban Green Energy. The wind turbines will be painted bronze to match the iconic structure. The turbines have a life time of 20 years and are approximately 17 feet in height and 10 feet in width.
“No cranes or conventional lifting equipment could be used to hoist up all the components, so ropes and winches were used instead,” UGE Project Engineer Jan Gromadzki said. “A special installation team climbed their way through the tower’s intricate structure to assemble one turbine component at a time. Needless to say, no one complained about the views.”
The wind turbines were installed 400 feet above ground inside the metal scaffolding of the tower to maximize annual electricity production. They are estimated to create 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, which will power the whole first floor of the tower where the exhibits, restaurants and souvenir shops are located. The Eiffel Tower’s operating company (Societe D’Exploitation De La Tour Eiffel) is adding more than wind turbines to reduce the tours environmental footprint, the company also plan to install high-efficiency LED lights, solar panels, roof mounted and rainwater collection systems.