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Green Elevators Save Energy

green elevatorsManufacturers produce green products that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, including elevators, with a variety of new models that save energy and operate efficiently.

The biggest green energy-saving innovation in elevator design is the traction elevator, which is up to 75 percent more efficient than traditional hydraulic elevators. They use smaller motors, cables and counterweights to move the elevator up and down that results in a more efficient system that doesn’t require oil and other toxic pollutants.

Traction elevators also use regenerative drive systems that produce additional energy savings by capturing energy that would otherwise be lost as heat and re-directing it back to other parts of the elevator system or back to the building’s main electrical grid. Regenerative drives produce power for lighting and air conditioning and save money by reducing the need for machine room cooling.

Some of the new green elevators are Machine Room-Less (MRL) elevators that use gearless machines in the elevator hoistway, which reduces the amount of material used and saves valuable square footage. Green MRL elevators allow for the most efficient use of a home’s living space with less intrusive construction.

Green elevators can also be equipped with LED lighting that can turn off when not in use, which reduces energy consumption and provides the customer with thousands more hours of bulb life.

Green elevators don’t require hydraulic oil like many residential elevators that require 20 to 25 gallons to operate. Green elevators’ traction system utilizes a small motor instead of a hydraulic pump and oil.

Elevator companies have also borrowed soft-start technology for green elevators to power variable-frequency drives that significantly reduces energy costs.

Energy consumption is the key to what makes an elevator green. But the materials, processes and technology that go into the manufacture are also important, along with the choices of interior paints, flooring, control panels, lighting and HVAC systems. Green elevator cabs can be made from recycled materials, which adds another positive green feature to the design.

Using environmentally safe or green products has become a big concern for many people, who are buying them to save energy and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Green elevators are more eco-friendly than traditional elevators and are being offered by major elevator manufacturers today.

Solar Powered Elevators on their way to the U.S.

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Americans may be riding in elevators running on solar power by as early as 2015. The first people to get this experience may be in the nation’s capital. A Washington, D.C. area real estate firm called Akridge is teaming up with the Switzerland based Schindler Elevator Company to bring the solar powered technology to the United States.

Solar powered elevators are already being used in Europe today. The commercial elevators powered by the sun in Europe utilize rooftop solar panels and are able to function separately from a city’s power grid. The solar panels capture energy and store it in batteries, allowing the elevators to operate at night or during a power outage.

These green elevators should be available in India and more locations in Europe by the end of the year. Schindler hopes to put the solar powered elevators into U.S. commercial buildings by 2015. The solar powered elevator is part of Schindler’s effort to create more efficient and environmentally friendly ways to move people.

Schindler continues to make strides in solar technology. They are also a partner in the Solar Impulse Project, which is developing a solar powered airplane. Renewable energy is going to be very important in the near future and Schindler is doing what they can do help prepare. Their solar powered elevators should help reduce energy consumption and make the world much greener.

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About the Freedom Green Elevator

What are some of the options for making your home more accessible and environmentally-friendly at the same time? If you’re considering adding a home elevator to your space, the Freedom Green fits both of these requirements. This elevator uses a traction drive system to move, and here are some other features and benefits from using the Freedom Green:

• Energy savings of fifty percent. The traction drive system used for every Freedom Green incorporates a counterbalance system. As a result, the system’s motor requires only minimal power to operate and move the cab up and down floors.
• No machine room is needed. One benefit of adding the Freedom Green to your home is the lack of a machine room. Fewer materials are used in the construction and installation of the elevator system into your home, and the system ends up being more efficient to your space.
• No hydraulic oil is needed. One drawback of hydraulic elevators is the lubricant used to get the system to move. A typical home elevator using a hydraulic system needs 20 to 25 gallons of hydraulic oil to move the lifting cylinder. Unfortunately, if this fluid leaks into a water source, it can be an environmental hazard. This substance is eliminated from your home through the traction drive system the Freedom Green uses.
• Use of environmentally-friendly materials. All Freedom Green cabs contain 100-percent recycled or recovered wood content to give you an elevator that incorporates reused materials.

Aside from these benefits, the Freedom Green has another feature: customization. All Freedom Green cabs can be designed to your taste, with several colors of recycled or recovered wood and finishes for you to choose from. In addition to being beneficial to the environment, the elevator can have a custom design to match the interior of your home as closely as possible.

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