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Could you benefit from Installing a Pneumatic Elevator in your Home?

pneumatic elevator

Pneumatic elevators are slowly becoming more and more popular for residential use. If you or a family member has a physical impairment, have trouble using the stairs, or just want to increase the accessibility of your home, you can benefit from a pneumatic elevator. Affordable, easy to install, and energy efficient, the pneumatic elevator can be beneficial in any home.


There are many reasons why you could benefit from installing a pneumatic elevator in your home. For one, they make traveling between floors in your home a breeze. The independence that a person gains after installing a pneumatic elevator is priceless. Anyone with a physical disability or even someone confined to a wheelchair can enjoy the luxury of being able to access every floor of their home whenever they want.


Pneumatic elevators are much more affordable than other home elevators. They do not reqglass elevatoruire a machine room or pit, which drastically decreases the construction costs. They are easily installed into your home with little modifications needed. There are several different models to choose from, giving you different size options based on your needs. Their glass cylindrical design allows them to be installed almost anywhere in the home and give the room a modern look.

Energy Efficient

The technology that pneumatic elevators use allows for minimal energy consumption. The pneumatic drive system uses vacuum technology to literally suck the elevator cab up to higher floors. When the elevator goes down, almost no energy is consumed because gravity is used to descend the cab and a brake system is used to stop it at the desired floor. When using a pneumatic elevator in your home, you can be sure that your utility bills will no skyrocket thanks to their energy efficient drive system.

Schindler Partners with Solar Impulse on Solar Powered Plane

Schindler Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse is an organization that has been working on a zero fuel airplane that runs on only solar energy. They have created a solar powered aircraft that they hope to fly around the world. Schindler, an elevator company, has partnered with Solar Impulse to provide them with technical expertise and financial support.

Schindler has a lot of experience in solar powered technology because they have created solar powered elevator systems. As demands for mobility grows and fuel resources decrease and becomes more expensive, the future lies in clean, sustainable energy from renewable sources. Solar Powered AirplaneSchindler has been developing solar powered technology to power their elevators and decrease energy costs for buildings.

Schindler has been working with Solar Impulse on their solar powered airplane technically and financially. Solar Impulse’s plane has already flown to between many cities in the United States. They are now working side by side with Schindler engineers to develop innovations that will revolutionize the structure of materials by improving their robustness and reducing their weight. This type of innovation will not only improve the ability of Solar Impulse’s airplane, it will help make significant reductions in energy consumption for Schindler’s elevators.

Schindler is proud to work with Solar Impulse on their “Across America” mission and their combined efforts will help both companies. Schindler has already made strides in elevator technology and energy reduction by creating their destination dispatching system, machine room-less elevators, regenerative drives, and variable speed escalator technology. In combination with Solar Impulse, Schindler will be able to improve on their already successful solar powered elevator.

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New Hospital in Canada will Feature Energy-Efficient Elevators

Montreal Hospital

The new Universite de Montreal Hospital Center in Montreal has awarded the elevator company KONE to install a total of 77 elevators and escalators. The hospital hopes to better manage the flow of people and materials throughout the building and enhance the patient-centered design and spatial efficiencies.

The contract includes the elevator company installing several different energy-efficient elevators and escalators. KONE will install 45 energy-efficient EcoSystem MR elevators, 14 MonoSpace maNew Hospital Canadachine room-less elevators and 12 TravelMaster 110 escalators. KONE will also be installing four dumbwaiters and two hydraulic elevators. Ten of the elevators will be equipped with control integration for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), to ensure deliveries of service, food, linens, and medical supplies are efficiently conducted during light traffic hours. The contract also includes a long term maintenance contract.

CEO of KONE Larry Wash said this about the new contract with the Montreal Hospital Center;

“KONE is pleased to provide energy-efficient elevator and escalator solutions that will assist with CHUM’s patient-centered design. Our extensive research and focus on this area will enable patients, hospital staff, and visitors to move smoothly and safely throughout the hospital.”

The new hospital will be a 230,000 square meter facility that is expected to serve over 400,000 patients a year in its 772 single patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centers, surgery, intensive car, clinical laboratories, and research center. The hospital is expected to be completed by 2020.

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Schindler Introduces Solar Powered Elevator System

Solar Powered Elevator

Every company is trying to figure out how they can make their product more energy efficient. With “going green” and leaving a smaller carbon footprint becoming a popular trend, companies are doing what they can to stay with the times. To become more green company, Schindler Elevator Corporation has introduced their new elevator that is powered by solar energy.

Schindler is one of the world’s leaders in elevators and escalators. They have been dedicating a lot of the company’s time to finding ways to make their elevators more energy efficient. Besides creating PORT, an elevator system that decreases energy use by minimizing the number of stops a cab makes, Schindler has created an elevator that can run solely on solar power.

This latest innovation in elevator technology boasts an energy savings of up to 50 percent per year, in comparison to a conventional model. The solar-powered elevator is an adapted version of Schindler’s successful 3300 model and is currently being introduced to the market. The new elevator can operate by solar energy, power from the grid, or a combination of both. Depending on the configuration and available sunlight, it is Elevatorpossible to run the elevator solely on solar power.

Solar panels are placed on the rooftop of the building to create the power for the elevator. They panels are sized based on the building’s anticipated traffic, and how much power would be needed during extended periods of reduced sunlight. The energy that is captured by the solar panels can be used immediately, stored in batteries, or even re-sold to the grid.

Having the stored energy will make traveling in one of the solar powered elevators safer. It offers a unique advantage of having stored power during a power outage. This will allow a building to tap into the stored solar energy to continue operation, minimizing the chance of an elevator getting stuck in the shaft.

The Schindler Group, founded in 1874, hopes to continue to optimize this new solar power technology and make their elevators as energy efficient as possible. The company employs over 45,000 people in over 100 countries. Every day, one billion people are moved by a Schindler elevator all over the world.

New Technology is Changing the way we Use Elevators

Elevator System

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 PORT Technologysystem 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.

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