The Eiffel Tower leads the way in green technology
The Eiffel Tower has been a symbol of innovation ever since it first opened in 1889. This iconic reputation has been earned from the part the tower played in the Universal Exposition, as well as the 1921 transmission of the first European public radio signal. In 2015, the tower enjoyed a significant upgrade, which was the first significant project in 30 years. Now, there are several superb technological enhancements with wind turbines, solar panels, and more!
The Eiffel Tower goes green
Above the second floor, wind turbines supply 10,000 kWh of electricity per annum. This easily supports the energy needs of the first floor, where you can find a shop and restaurant. To equip the tower with its renewable energy supply, a New York-based renewable energy consultancy collaborated with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, which runs and manages the Eiffel Tower (https://www.pariscityvision.com/en/paris/landmarks/eiffel-tower). Located some 400ft above the ground, the turbines enjoy an optimum position to fulfill their function. They're able to capture wind from any direction and convert it into power. Furthermore, they also run almost silently so visitors are undisturbed. Finally, the turbines have even been specially painted to match the rusty brown colour of the tower itself.
A commitment to the environment
Since officials of the tower forbid the use of cranes on site, the turbines were hoisted into position by workmen on harnesses using ropes! The job was carried out by a specially-trained team and lasted ten days. It was mostly completed at nighttime and was part of a wider green renovation project on the tower, which now also has LED lights and solar panels above the visitor centre, spanning an area of 10 m². There are also high-performance heat pumps and a rainwater collection system, all part of the goal to reduce the Eiffel Tower's carbon footprint.