Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Le carrousel de la Tour Eiffel - renewable energy


Renewable energy


Who would think that a "carousel in Paris" and "renewable energy" would be in the same sentence?  On July 6, 2011, this interesting carousel was introduced, a carousel in which at least a portion of the power is generated through "pedaling" the horses and other vehicles.  Marcel Campion along with the assistance of Pascal Pouzet created this carousel of "renewable energy" from an existing merry-go-round.  For those who do not ride the carousel, there are several positions with recumbent bikes off to the side to help generate the power.  Additionally, there are photosensors, solar cells, a small windmill... and a more traditional motor to assist when little legs do not pedal quite fast enough to turn the gigantic carrousel.


 Oh, and the bonus is that structure looming in the background... 
La Tour Eiffel


Le carrousel de la Tour Eiffel
75007 Paris


25 comments:

Rob-bear said...

Formidable! Une photo intéressante; une histoire délicieuse !

Merci, Génie, encore!

Pierre BOYER said...

Je passe souvent là...
Belle journée,

Pierre

Joe said...

Now there's an interesting concept Genie. Never thought I would hear of a carousel of renewable energy. I wonder how much pedal power it would take to light up the Eiffel Tower.

Andy said...

Is this what you would call power to the people?

Chrissa Brown said...

Wow! Wonders will never cease! And you're right - the structure in the background is a definite bonus :)

Halcyon said...

A beautiful night shot!

Virginia said...

HAs this replacrf the beautiful old double decker across the river from la Tour? Oh that is my fav. Love the lights you caught here Genie.
V

Riet said...

What a great concept and I love the caroussel.

This is Belgium said...

lovely post, idea, picture
guess where I am going demain?
oui, en effet, Paris it is !
will think of you when I spot what you photographed
anni

Cezar and Léia said...

This carousel is so beautiful with all lights!I love city night lights and this picture is very special because it's PARIS!Wonderful place and brilliant picture!
Léia

Kris said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous shot and a beautiful carousel and all powered with renewable energy. Amazing!

Rob Siemann said...

Brilliant idea! Let them work for their fun!

Melissa said...

Very pretty! They power all those lights too?!

Alexa said...

Well captured, Genie! I'd be willing to work extra hard for the privilege of riding this carrousel with the killer view.

♥ E.T. Suzy ♥ said...

Stunning photo!

Louise said...

What a beautiful shot, and a fascinating concept.

Eiffel Tower Wall Stickers said...

A wish to spend even just a night in Paris!

Randy said...

Beautiful night shot.

Jack said...

It is kind of silly, but no doubt the politically correct will give them all sorts of awards.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I think that there was a bit of a fuss over this revision, but I have not been able to pinpoint the local (Paris) article. Interestingly, I believe that it is more expensive to ride this carousel than others in Paris, but it is unknown whether that is due to the novelty of the design or its proximity to La Tour. One would think that it would be less costly since one had to work (pedal) for the ride - hah!

There was no cost to take this photo or the other 100 taken in/around the tower that night (freezing cold, I might add!)

Bises,
Genie

Carol Schiff Studio said...

A fabulous composition, Genie! You are a master with the camera.

JM said...

WOW! Fabulous night shot, Genie! Love it.

James said...

The POV is excellent! Very cool shot!

TheChieftess said...

Nice capture Genie!!! Love the bright lights of the carousel against the softer lights of La Tour Eiffel!!!

Kate said...

Terrific idea. And, terrific photo!!