A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a stop by the famed Eiffel Tower. Parisians and tourists alike sprawl across the grass, sipping wine while snapping photographs of the massive structure.
And now architecture fans can sneak a peek at the tower’s latest additions: two wind turbines.
Courtesy of New York company Urban Green Energy, the twin vertical turbines live on the iconic building’s second level to capture maximum wind. They’re painted the same muted gray to blend in, but are easily seen through video footage.
The turbines are expected to produce 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which works out quite nicely as that’s about the same amount of power needed for the first floor.
This green energy advancement goes in line with the Eiffel Tower’s original intent. Built in 1889 to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the French Revolution, the building constructed to signify ingenuity and advancement. And by transitioning to green energy, Paris is one step close to reaching its goal to transition 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Part of the project is admittedly for show. An estimated 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since its opening, and using sustainable energy could prove a powerful message to the rest of the world.
“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 Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE, in a press release. “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.”
See the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines in action in the video below:
Top photo courtesy of UGE