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thyssenkrupp’s MULTI elevator wins the Alliance to Save Energy’s Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award


  • The rope-less and sideways-moving elevator was selected based on its potential to revolutionize the way buildings consume energy and utilize space
  • The Award will be presented on Wednesday, September 26, at the Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.


ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA (July 16, 2018) – Global urban mobility leader thyssenkrupp has been selected as this year’s Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment category by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). thyssenkrupp is being recognized for its rope-less and sideways-moving elevator breakthrough, MULTI.

thyssenkrupp MULTI CEO, Michael Cesarz will accept the award at the Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on September 26, 2018.

More than 400 guests are expected, including prominent members of Congress, CEOs, White House and other Administration officials, as well as staff from federal agencies and the media.

“MULTI truly is a groundbreaking technology that will not only change how people move within a building, but how that building consumes energy as well. In fact, it will also allow architects to reinvent building design and improve the business case for building developers,” said Cesarz. “We appreciate the Alliance for recognizing this pioneering technology with this award and look forward to building on this technology and continuing to drive elevator innovation into the future.”

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 a building’s usable space by up to 25 percent, while also reducing peak power needs by as much as 60 percent when compared to conventional elevator systems. The technology also has the ability to regain energy, store it in batteries and then send it back to the internal grid.

In the past year, 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.

“thyssenkrupp’s vision, hard work and commitment to energy efficiency serves as a model for the industry, and its award recognition is well deserved,” said ASE President Jason Hartke.

thyssenkrupp has firmly distinguished itself in the world of elevator sustainability by becoming the first elevator company to retrofit existing elevators to achieve net-zero energy. thyssenkrupp Elevator was also the first elevator company to value transparency, publishing an Environmental Product Declaration as well as meeting or exceeding the most stringent industry standards, including Cradle to Cradle, the Living Building Challenge, and LEED. thyssenkrupp Elevator is also the first and only elevator company with Declare labels as well as Bronze and Platinum Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates. On top of that, thyssenkrupp Elevator also discloses ingredients in its cabs and entrances down to 1,000 ppm per its Health Product Declaration, all manufactured in a LEED Gold certified facility.

Last November, thyssenkrupp Elevator was recognized by BuildingGreen as a Top Product for 2018 for its net-zero energy elevator, material transparency and LEED v4 efforts that exceed all other building transportation companies.





TK Elevator (formerly: thyssenkrupp Elevator)

With customers in over 100 countries served by 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of €8.5 billion in the fiscal year 2019/2020. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. Over the past decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent since its sale by thyssenkrupp AG in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business represented by over 24,000 service technicians. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based service solutions, such as the MAX platform, are gaining in importance. With these digital offerings, there are no limits to urban mobility anymore. TKE – move beyond.