The Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award in the built environment category was presented to thyssenkrupp at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner. More than 400 guests were on-hand, including members of Congress, CEOs, White House and other administration officials, as well as staff from federal agencies and the media, to honor the winners, which included thyssenkrupp’s breakthrough rope-less and sideways-moving elevator, MULTI.
New York Congressman Paul Tonko, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, presented the Award to thyssenkrupp Elevator MULTI CEO Prof. Michael Cesarz.
“It is an honor to have the Alliance to Save Energy recognize MULTI with this distinguished award,” says Cesarz. “MULTI is the future of building transportation, a technology that offers unlimited design and travel possibilities, and this recognition further validates MULTI’s enormous potential to not only revolutionize how people move in and between buildings, but how it can dramatically improve a building’s energy efficiency.”
Over the last 18 months, MULTI has earned numerous accolades, including claiming Gold at the Edison Awards, winning the Innovation Award at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, as well as being recognized as one of the Top 25 Inventions of the Year by TIME magazine.
“There is so much buzz surrounding MULTI; for the first time ever, people are genuinely excited about elevators,” adds Cesarz, noting that the first MULTI installation in Germany, set for completion by 2021, is only the beginning. “The interest in MULTI from architects, developers and building owners is unlike anything I’ve ever seen; when we look back on this period, we’ll recognize that this was a defining moment in urban mobility.”
As buildings continue to grow taller, traditional elevators require more energy to power larger motors and cables and more space to allow for multiple elevator shafts. MULTI solves both of these space and energy related inefficiencies by consolidating multiple elevator shafts into only a few and eliminating the need for cables with multiple rope-less horizontally-moving cars traveling in a continuous loop. MULTI can increase the usable space of a building by at least 25 percent, while also reducing peak power needs by as much as 60 percent. The technology also has the ability to regain energy, store it in batteries and then send it back to the internal grid.