Eiffel Tower wind turbines
- The turbine blades are capable of catching wind from all directions, according to its manufacturer, UGE.
- Cranes aren't permitted at the Eiffel Tower, so the turbine components had to be lifted and installed to the second floor. (Image: UGE)
- Both 17-foot, 1,600-pound turbines are entirely enclosed within the Eiffel Tower's frame. (Between the two levels above.)
- From the second floor landing, the blades are barely noticeable against the Tower's lattice backdrop.
- Pulleys were used to haul the blades and the bases. (Image credit: UGE)
- The turbines are only accessible through a restricted staircase.
- UGE painted the turbines in a brown-grey hue to match the Eiffel Tower's frame.
- The turbines are situated about 400 feet above the ground. The Eiffel Tower stands 986 feet high.
- This week's installation is just one of several clean energy renovations scheduled for the monument.
- When spinning, the curved blades seem to almost dance around one another.
- The turbines are located in the southwest corner of the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the Champs de Mars.
- UGE says the turbines will begin generating electricity "in the coming days."