These are the two small wind turbines that have been operating on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower since February. They are said to be generating 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power the tower’s commercial operations on the floor below.
The sustainability initiative is a partnership between the City of Paris and a company called Urban Green Energy. GE teamed up with UGE starting in 2012 to connect one of their small wind turbines like the ones at the Eiffel Tower to the GE WattStation, an electric vehicle recharger. The integrated system is called the Sanya Skypump, and electric vehicles that use it to top off their batteries are essentially powered by the wind. That’s pretty cool.