Saturday, 7 March 2015

In a beautiful display of how form and function are not mutually exclusive when talking about green power, energy firm Urban Green Energy has installed a par of vertical axis wind turbines within the metal structure of the Eiffel Tower. The twin turbines will provide enough energy to power the entire first floor of the tower which features restaurants, shops and informative exhibits and displays.
The turbines are only 17 feet tall but use an innovative triple-bladed design to maximise energy generation without the ugly mechanical look of other such structures. The design also keeps noise levels at a minimum and the turbines are equipped with vibration dampeners, eliminating concerns about sound pollution when constructing wind turbines in occupied areas.
Project head Jan Gromadzki hopes that the turbines will “make a visual statement” and demonstrate how renewable energy technologies “that can be easily integrated into the daily lives of people around the world.” It is estimated that two of these turbines would be enough to power the average Western household.


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