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Project Launch: 12/01/2020

Partners: 360 Energy Group, SEDAC, Kone Engineering

This research project explores potential energy savings from several measures related to modern elevator operation.


Energy savings in passenger and freight elevators can be achieved via various retrofits, including the installation of regenerative drives with variable speed drives, permanent magnet synchronous motors, power management systems, variable speed drives on elevator doors, polyurethane coated ropes to replace existing cable and upgraded lighting system and controls. While the energy savings of new, efficient elevators are well documented, research that identifies the disaggregated contribution of component-level retrofits is not as well documented.

The project team will conduct a market assessment to better understand and promote energy efficiency in commercial elevators. They will identify baselines and standard practices in the current market and determine the energy savings opportunity for elevator retrofits in the ComEd service territory. Research results will provide insight into barriers to adoption and potential program design models that would remove or reduce such barriers.