As part of its most ambitious makeover in 30 years, the Eiffel Tower has added two custom-painted micro-wind turbines, supplying enough electricity to power all commercial areas for a cultural icon that attracts seven million visitors per year.
“The much-buzzed-about Eiffel Tower first floor makeover did not pivot on clean energy as a matter of regulation, but the designers developed a sustainability angle in accord with the City of Paris Climate Plan,” CleanTechnica writes. “Aside from the wind turbine, the green elements include new window glazing that reduces heat gain by more than 25% for more efficient warm-weather cooling, and new heat pumps for cool-weather warming.”
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Other features include LED lighting throughout the facility, a solar array that supplies about half of the hot water for two public pavilions, and a rainwater harvesting system that provides flushing water for washrooms.
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