UGE International has installed two on-site wind turbines at the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of a high-profile renovation and upgrade to the monument. Located above the second level for its wind conditions, the turbines are now producing 10,000 kWh of electricity annually.
UGE designed the wind energy system to provide a clean source of energy at the Eiffel Tower, which is undergoing its first major face-lift in 30 years. The two UGE VisionAIR5 wind turbines were specially painted to match the iconic tower, and top off a series of other efficiency upgrades.
The Eiffel Tower’s vertical axis wind turbines are virtually silent and designed to capture wind from any direction. The location for the wind turbines, 400 feet above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at the height of the installation and offset the Tower’s energy usage. Mounting the turbines at this location was itself a technical challenge, requiring each component to be hoisted and suspended with ropes to the Tower’s second level.
In addition to wind energy, the renovation also includes LED lighting and 10-sq-meters of roof-mounted solar panels on a visitor pavilion whose output will meet about 50 percent of the water heating needs of the two pavilions. High-performance heat pumps have also been installed to ensure a constantly balanced temperature.