Paris hasn't been shy about slapping on sexxxy new attractions to the 127-year-old Eiffel Tower over the past few years—what with the glittering lights and glass floors. But the latest addition is designed to be neither seen or heard.
If you look closely at the cross-bracing of the tower this month, you might see them: Two vertical axis wind turbines installed about 400 feet from ground level—positioned to catch as much wind as possible in an urban environment like Paris. The turbines were installed by Urban Green Energy, a 7-year-old company based in NYC (sacrebleu!). To make them less conspicuous, the company painted the turbine blades the same shade as the tower's legs—officially, "bronze," but realistically more like "gravy brown."
The turbines are part of the tower's push towards more efficient tech, like a rainwater collection system, and the 10,000kWh of electricity they generate will go towards powering the tower's operations. They're not only barely visible, they're very silent too—"quieter than a human whisper," says UGE.
Basically, they're not an attraction. Just a pair of silent mouse-brown wind turbines, folks, nothing to see here.
Which is sort of a shame, because they also seem like a perfectly appropriate addition to Gustave Eiffel's creation. After all, this was a man who became rich and famous by proclaiming the advent of a new age of engineering and technology, realized through marvelous iron! He probably would have loved that his tower was actually spinning its own electricity out of the air. [UGE]
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