Testing of a multi-elevator with maglev technology has begun

In 2014, the German engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp introduced the concept of moving goods inside a building in any of three dimensions without using the usual cable lifts. And the other day the Germans announced the completion of the construction of a test site - a tower with a height of 246 m, inside which the cabins slide along guides due to the principle of magnetic levitation.

The facility is located in Rottweil and is specially designed to practice all aspects of know-how. The first "multi-lift" made a test drive last week. There are 15 of them inside the tower - a dozen typical platforms for vertical and horizontal movement and three experimental modules. Simple elevators can move at a speed of 10 m / s, experimental sites - as the research engineers want.

Replacing cabled elevators with maglev platforms promises to be the greatest technological breakthrough of the century. And all because the design of elevators has hardly changed for 160 years in a row, every architect of high-rise buildings was forced to use deep vertical shafts. But the versatile cargo cabins, which move in any direction and each along its own route, are ... a revolution in understanding what the buildings of the future can be like!

ThyssenKrupp says that the weight of the multi-lift car is 50% less than that of traditional counterparts, and the associated equipment takes up less space. This means that instead of several large elevator shafts, you can make a network of narrow and branched paths throughout the building, increasing its usable area by 25%. Plus, the speed of work increases - the cabins can walk one after another, but in different directions.

The disadvantage of the technology is its complexity and high cost, multi-elevators are five times more expensive than conventional ones. However, in an ideal balance, loads consume 60% less energy to do the same job. That is, there are definitely prospects for the introduction of new items and it is possible that the first commercial sample will appear already in 2019, when the Real Estate's East Side Tower building in Berlin will be completed.