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The Eiffel Tower set to undergo modernization & eco renovations

Green Eiffel Tower

A €25 million renovation of the iconic Paris landmark is expected to improve the tower’s energy performance by 30 per cent.

 

Solar panels and small, vertical wind and hydraulically-powered turbines will be installed on the tower’s first platform. The new power generators will not be visible from the ground, or change the tower’s famous silhouette.

“We’re hoping to give ourselves the tools we need to move into the next century,” said Jean-Bernard Bros, president of the Société Nouvelle de la tour Eiffel. “We’re going to produce our own hot water,” and “part of our energy.”

Four solar panels on the roof of one of two renovated buildings, called the Ferrié pavilion, will provide about 50 per cent of the hot water used on the monument, mostly in the restaurants and restrooms on the first floor. Four vertical wind turbines will be tucked away under the same building, creating an estimated 8,000 kWh/year of electricity, and water-powered turbines will be integrated into the first floor’s water supply network, to generate a “mini power station” producing 4,000 kW/year.

Rainwater will also be stored under the Ferrié pavilion, and used for tap water in the restrooms, and 95 per cent of the new lighting will be LED-type, which has a longer lifespan and low consumption. The Eiffel Tower uses 20,000 light bulbs to make it sparkle every night, for 10 minutes on the hour. The monument consumes 7.8 million kWh of electricity per year, the equivalent of a small village, including 580,000 kWh for all its lights. 60,000 m3 of drinking water, and 705,000 kWh of heating and air conditioning are also required every year.

Also in the works right now is a plan to bring the ticketing booths and wait areas underneath the 324 meter tall monument.

Jean-Bernard Bros, president of the group that manages the tower, SETE, said it was vital to improve the visitor experience at the landmark. He told Reuters: ‘Because we need extra facilities to better welcome our visitors, the only way is to dig.’

It is hoped that by housing the ticket offices and queuing sections below ground level, the process of visiting the Eiffel Tower will be that much more pleasant.

Up to two basement levels could also accommodate ticket counters and other services such as a cloakroom, information desk, toilets, souvenir shop and even a museum dedicated to Gustave Eiffel, who built the tower in 1889.

 

Sourced from The Telegraph UK and Loving Paris Apartments

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