Wind Turbines on the Eiffel Tower. New York-based renewable energy provider UGE, In partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), installed two VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines. image:UGE

The Secret Power Of The Eiffel Tower

Wind Turbines on the Eiffel Tower. New York-based renewable energy provider UGE, In partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), installed two VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines. image:UGE
Wind Turbines on the Eiffel Tower. Mounting the turbines at this location was in itself a technical challenge. Each element had to be hoisted individually and suspended with rope above the tower’s second level. image: UGE

Two Wind Turbines Living on the Eiffel Tower

Cleverly hidden above the second level are two rotating objects that can be easily misinterpret as some kind of kinetic sculptures. In fact these rotating curves are wind turbines. In partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), UGE International has installed two VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower as part of a high-profile renovation and upgrade to the monument. Located above the second level, the turbines generate unobtrusively over 10.000kWh of electricity a year, offsetting the annual consumption of all commercial activity on the Eiffel Tower’s first floor. Still this is mostly symbolic, the tower actually consumes 6,700,000 kilowatt-hours a year.

“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.”
– Nick Blitterswyk, CEO UGE

Painted in bronze to support the mimicry, the turbines are perfectly placed symbols for the aim of Paris to eliminate 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and source 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Wind Turbines on the Eiffel Tower. New York-based renewable energy provider UGE, In partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), installed two VisionAIR5 vertical axis wind turbines. image:UGE
Wind Turbines on the Eiffel Tower. The two vertical axis wind turbines were specially painted to match the skeleton of the iconic tower. They are located 400 feet above ground level to maximize energy production. image:UGE

 

 

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