Many elevator companies are doing whatever they can to make their products more energy efficient. Going “green” is a popular concept in many fields, and elevator companies are joining in. Elevator companies are trying to cut down on wait times, which will reduce energy consumption and keep passengers happy. Creating new elevator technologies that make them smarter is a big concern for big elevator companies.
One elevator company, the Schindler Elevator Corporation, is working on creating elevator systems that will cut down on energy use. They are working on a program called PORT, or personal occupant requirement terminal, that could show energy savings of up to 40 percent. PORT’s goal is to save energy by having the elevator cab make fewer stops. The PORT technology works by anticipating passengers’ travel with radio frequency identification that is contained on a pass card. The pass card will allow a person to call for an elevator before they even leave their room. This technology would not only decrease waiting times, but it will reduce the number of elevators you need. Combining a smarter system with an energy efficient elevator will decrease energy bills substantially.
Since the elevator knows where you are and where you are going before you even leave your room, PORT can decide the best way to get you where you need to go. The Schindler Elevator Corporation also uses a magnet system on their Power Factor 1 energy-saving elevators that require less starting and braking current. The Power Factor 1 also uses LED lighting and sleep modes, which also considerably decrease energy use. Another feature of this elevator is the regenerative-drive hardware, which recycles energy and recharges the system.
As of right now, the biggest problem with energy efficient elevators are the high price of labor. If you want to replace your elevator system, it can cost up to $100,000. There are so many benefits of an energy saving elevator that if it is financially possible, it is an option to be seriously considered. They increase the life span of an elevator, can save you up to 40 percent on energy bills, and keep your customers happy.
No one wants to wait for an elevator and then make five stops on the way to your destination. Buildings want to lower their energy costs to increase profits. Installing an energy efficient elevator system can solve both of those problems. In a world going green, energy-efficient elevators will soon be in high demand.