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.