Electrical & Lighting
Schindler Solar Elevator powered nearly 100% by sunlight
April 4, 2013 - Schindler Elevator Corp. has introduced what it says is the world’s most advanced, affordable, solar-powered elevator system in the market today. The Schindler Solar Elevator is a hybrid system designed to supply up to 100% of the elevator’s power needs from rooftop solar panels and a Hybrid Energy Manager (HEM) that stores the solar energy in batteries until needed. Schindler claims the solar elevator reduces energy costs, avoids costly power-peaks caused when elevators begin each trip, and can run independently of the power grid to continue operations during power interruptions or blackouts. The new solar elevator system uses a standard Schindler 3300 gearless machine room-less elevator, which boasts to be up to 60% more energy efficient than hydraulic elevators. The elevator system also features stable start, a frequency converter with an energy-efficient standby power mode, and controls that automatically switch car lights to standby mode and LED car lights.