Killing two birds with one stone, leading SA lift company Otis has launched a load-shedding-proof elevator made for seven-storey buildings. Not only does this solve a crisis which high buildings face during power outages but it also contributes towards the normalization of using environmentally-friendly products in the country.
The innovative elevator is capable of operating up to 100 trips in a seven-storey building during load-shedding because of its battery system. Hayley Elwen, Otis Communications Manager, says the lift is powered by electricity and needs a 220 V building connection. That same connection supplies power to batteries which can then be used during power cuts.
According to the Otis website, the highly efficient elevator requires no specific electrical installation, you simply plug it in as you would any other appliance. “The battery system is compatible with alternative energy sources, such as solar panels and wind power. Depending on the required autonomy from the grid, one lift would require 500 W to 2 000 W, which corresponds to four to nine solar photovoltaic (6 m² to 12 m²) panels,” describes Elwen
With the country still facing an energy crisis, it is of vital importance for it to reduce its overall energy use.
The environmentally-friendly product is currently available in SA as well as Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi to name a few.
“Maintenance is exactly the same for the Gen2 Switch lift as it is for common lifts, albeit with the addition of the battery system. The batteries do not require any maintenance and can be recycled at accredited battery-recycling facilities,” concludes Elwen.
So maybe load-shedding has its advantages- when the lights go out, innovators get creative and also forcing us to be friendly to the enviroment! South Africa is certainly putting the effort into becoming eco-friendly, yet another product to be proud of.