Two Hidden Wind Turbines Will Power First Floor Of Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is certainly the best known monument of France. Today, this huge structure is undergoing modernization. Hidden inside this huge infrastructure are two wind turbines that will allow it to generate a part of energy required for itself? Of course the company in charge of the project has ensured that these wind turbines are neither visible nor audible? We tell you more about this ambitious development project. 

With a height of 301 meters, the Eiffel Tower is known worldwide as a symbol of Paris and France in general. Today, this monument is undergoing a huge modernization effort. Indeed, for the last 125 years, the tower has undergone refurbishment projects to improve its energy performance by 30%.

Floor has been changed to glass, solar panels have been installed and all the windows have been replaced to reduce the use of air conditioning. The project also includes the installation of two wind turbines in the heart of the tower. The company Urban Green Energy , which specializes in renewable energy, has been selected to install a system that will allow the Iron Lady to generate a part of energy required by it. 

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The turbines are being installed at a height of 122 meters above the ground. The site has been chosen and designed to allow a better use of the wind, as well as, maximize the performance of turbines. These turbines of type VisionAIR5 vertical are able to tap into wind from any direction. Therefore they are able to produce about 10,000 kWh per year, which would be enough to power the entire first floor of the tower.

Of course, the company could not simply go and instal this equipment, it had to meet specific requirements unique to the location of these turbines. Indeed, wind turbines are not visible or audible. With over 7 million visitors since its creation, the monument can not be disturbed by noise or even by the appearance of two wind turbines in this postcard landscape. 

The new wind turbine of the Eiffel Tower

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Supplying electricity to the entire first floor of the Eiffel tower with wind energy is an ingenious idea! Do you think that these kinds of initiative should be taken for other monuments?

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  • john
    Mar 16, 2015, 6:23 pm

    “they are able to produce about 10,000 kWh per year, which would be enough to power the entire first floor of the tower.”

    No !! That’s just a silly misleading statement –

    The first floor includes a 130 seat conference venue with full catering, several Buffets, a 200 seat restaurant, a souvenir shop and exhibits about the history of the tower, open for 14hrs/day, with ~ 19,000 visitors / day.

    The VisionAIR5 Turbine Max Generator UL Rated = 3.2 kW; Average output = 2.5 kW (that’s less than a kettle + a microwave OR one hand dryer in one of the toilets)
    http://www.urbangreenenergy.co

    They claim “the 2 turbines are capable of delivering 10,000kWh of electricity annually” Great – BUT – The windmills will provide only 0.15% of the electricity necessary for the tower’s annual consumption.

    The Eiffel Tower consumes 7.8 million kWh of electricity per year (the equivalent of a small village), including
    580,000 kWh for all its lights and 705,000 kWh of heating and air conditioning are also required every year, + cooking , 9 lifts & water pumps for 60,000 m3 of drinking water, etc. The monument also uses 20,000 lamps‘to make it sparkle every night’, for 10 minutes on the hour.
    Even Jan Gromadzki, an engineer with the New York-based Urban Green Technology (the company was tasked with designing and installing the turbines), admits “It’s just a small drop in the ocean.” “This installation is definitely more symbolic,”

    Do the maths….You would need 1,560 of these units to power the tower….IF the wind was blowing!!

  • Mohammad
    May 19, 2015, 11:04 pm

    @John
    Thanks for good info , all are correct and I want to add another thing. being optimist is very different than being realistic!
    Today in design area everybody is looking for a new technology or new method but without any basement knowledge of how technology works!!
    some basic maths about what generators gives and what a crowd place like there is using makes everything bright

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