Eiffel Tower Now Home to Two Wind Turbines

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Paris Has Turned the Eiffel Tower Into a Wind Energy Machine

TakePart, February 24, 2015

Just how serious is Paris about cutting the City of Light’s carbon footprint? Serious enough to install two wind turbines on the iconic Eiffel Tower.

The turbines, made by UGE, are not the giant windmill-type machines you see on wind farms. They look more like pieces of modernist sculpture, with blades that spin silently on a vertical axis.

Placed on the monument’s second level, 400 feet off the ground, the turbines can capture the wind from every direction and generate enough electricity to power the tower’s commercial operations. (Not directly, though. The 10,000 kWh of electricity produced by the turbines flow into the Paris grid.)

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