Paris’s iconic landmark the Eiffel Tower upped its green credentials last week with the installation of two wind turbines.
The 5.2 m tri-blade turbines were designed and installed by US firm Urban Green Technology (UGE) and will generate 10,000kWh of electricity – “enough to power an average American family’s home for one year”, according to UGE. However, the Eiffel Tower consumes 6.7 GWh per year.
“This installation is definitely more symbolic,” UGE engineer Jan Gromadzki says. “But it is still significant because the merchant spaces on the first floor do consume energy, and being able to offset that consumption is something people can really assimilate and understand.”