Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Paris changes ..." (Baudelaire)

Something new on the iconic face of Paris, as though the Mona Lisa were sporting a nose ring or a new gold tooth: yes, that's a wind turbine on the Eiffel Tower, one of two vertical axis turbines recently installed as part of a more general renovation, according to The Guardian.

The installer, US-based Urban Green Energy (UGE), claims the turbines will produce 10,000Wh of electricity/year, enough to power the 1st-floor commercial spaces of the world's most photographed structure. But more importantly, the turbine project puts a little more wind in the sails of the UN conference as it lurches toward Paris. Well done!

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