France's famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, will be renovated with two new wind turbines that can generate enough eco-friendly electricity to power the tower’s first floor.
The pair of VisionAIR5 wind turbines, designed by renewable energy specialist Urban Green Energy, has been installed on the Eiffel Tower’s second floor. They are painted a light silver to match the tower and can capture wind from any direction and together produce a total of 10,000kWh per year — enough to power the first floor.
The push to make the tower more sustainable was not part of any specific environmental requirement the historic site has to meet, but rather to reduce its environmental impact by 25 percent as part of the City of Lights' climate plan.
"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," said UGE CEO Nick Blitterswyk. "When visitors from around the world see the wind turbines, we get one step closer to a world powered by clean and reliable renewable energy."