A few days ago, the Eiffel Tower put on its beautiful green dress, thanks to the fuel cell technology developed by Toyota.
In recent years, the Tour Eiffel gladly swaps her golden outfit for colorful dresses, according to celebrations, events and tributes. But it could be that the Iron Lady’s new favorite color will turn green, a hue she seems to be wearing more and more often lately. Once again, it is this color that has dressed the Parisian monument, as part of the event “The Paris of hydrogen”, organized by EODev, which actively works on the development of cleaner energies, and which acts in favor of the energy transition. For 3 minutes 30, the Eiffel Tower was therefore adorned with a superb green dress, to the delight of Parisians, who had the chance to admire this unique spectacle, which is actually not so trivial as that.
Because if the monument, erected in 1989 is usually lit by thousands of LED bulbs, supplied by the conventional electricity network, this time it is a completely different energy that has allowed the realization of this lighting. Indeed, for the very first time in its existence, the Eiffel Tower was therefore illuminated thanks to a hydrogen generator set, developed by EODev, in partnership with Toyota. The brand, which is actively working on the development of this innovative engine, has indeed contributed its knowledge, allowing the French start-up to use its fuel cell technology. Manufactured in the Eneria plant in Montlhéry, in Essonne, the generator used for this performance is then able to provide a power of 110 kW, making it possible to supply no less than 70 projectors simultaneously.
An exhibition in favor of ecological transition
But this is not the first time that EODev has made a name for itself in recent years. Because since 2017, the young company based in Saint-Malo has been researching the catamaran called Energy Observer, which sails through seas and oceans around the world, in order to conduct various experiments around hydrogen. Proof of its know-how, the start-up will be in charge of producing this gas during the next Olympic Games in 2024, using water from the Seine and the Mediterranean, in order to supply two shuttles that will circulate in Paris and Marseille during the competitions. For its part, Toyota, official partner of Olympic Games and Paralympics will provide a full fleet of electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions.
If you are passionate about the questions around the energies of tomorrow, know that an exhibition is currently being held on the Champ-de-Mars until May 30, with the aim of promoting the ecological transition through new energies and more particularly hydrogen.
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