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 possible 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.