Zero-energy elevators just over the horizon
Categorie(s) : Industry, Innovation & Society, MINATEC, News, Research
Published : 30 November 2014
Sodimas, France’s leading elevator manufacturer, is teaming up with Schneider Electric and Grenoble Institute of Technology to develop a smart-grid-connected elevator that is powered both by the grid and by alternative energy sources. The R&D is taking place under the EU Arrowhead project.
CEA-Leti is also involved in the project, supplying a virtual platform to coordinate communication between the elevator’s command-control system and a Schneider Electric energy optimization module. The system leverages innovative web technologies to transfer the data required for operations while protecting the privacy of manufacturers’ other data.
An initial demo on a virtual elevator was successful. A second demo, this time on a real elevator, is planned for the project wrap-up in 2017.