Schindler Introduces World’s Most Advanced Elevator that can be Powered Exclusively by Sunlight

  Schindler Introduces World’s Most Advanced Elevator that can be Powered
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News facts:

  *The Schindler Solar Elevator commercially available in Europe, India in
    2013; in the U.S. and other global markets in 2014.
  *Supplies from up to 100 percent of elevator power needs in residential and
    low-rise commercial applications.
  *Reduces energy costs while ensuring operations during power interruptions.

Business Wire

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- April 2, 2013

Schindler introduced the world’s most advanced affordable, solar-powered
elevator system today, a trailblazing technology that underscores the
company’s dedication to developing innovative, sustainable solutions for urban
mobility challenges.

Inspired in large part by its partnership with the revolutionary Solar Impulse
project, the zero fuel airplane aiming to fly around the world propelled only
by solar energy, the Schindler Solar Elevator is a hybrid system designed to
supply from up to 100 percent of the elevator’s power needs from rooftop solar
panels and a proprietary Hybrid Energy Manager (HEM) that stores the solar
energy in batteries until needed.

“First customer installation testing in Barcelona, Spain, proved the
efficiency of the new system,” said Eric Rossignol, R&D system project manager
at Schindler. “The Schindler Solar Elevator not only reduces energy costs and
avoids the costly power-peaks caused when elevators begin each trip, but it
can run independently of the power grid so it can continue operating during
power interruptions or blackouts.”

Design Simplicity

Solar panels can supply most of the Schindler Solar Elevator’s power
requirements, which will vary depending on size and daily traffic. Backup
power needs are provided by a one-phase grid connection, which is
significantly simpler and less costly to install and operate than the standard
three-phase connection. The Schindler Hybrid Energy Manager collects and
stores the clean energy generated from the solar panels and the elevator
operations to provide backup energy supply should a power interruption occur.

The new solar elevator system uses a standard Schindler 3300 gearless machine
room-less elevator, which is already up to 60 percent more energy efficient
than hydraulic elevators. The elevator system includes many features that are
designed to save energy and reduce costs: stable start; a frequency converter
with an energy efficient standby power mode; controls that automatically
switch car lights to standby mode and LED car lights. The Schindler 3300 is a
proven sustainable technology that requires no extra application engineering
for adaptation to the Schindler Solar Elevator system.

“The Schindler Solar Elevator is a major step forward in creating net-zero
energy buildings in urban environments,” said Bill Fiacco, president marketing
and sales, Schindler Elevator Corporation. “This new system is a highly
efficient, robust, and affordable solution available today for residential and
low-rise commercial buildings. As we roll out this exciting new technology in
the Americas next year, further refinements will continue to make Schindler
Solar Elevator systems even more efficient.”

About Schindler Elevator Corporation

Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operation of the
Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider with
approximately 44,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler
supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically
sound mobility solutions and its equipment moves one billion people every day
all over the world. In 2011 and 2012, Schindler was named one of Forbes
Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies. For additional information about
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Schindler Elevator Corporation
Kathy Rucki, Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel. 973-397-6564/ Fax 973-397-3619
Kim Hoskins, Corporate Communications
Tel. 973-397-3797/ Fax 973-397-3619
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