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thyssenkrupp’s MULTI Elevator Honored at the Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner


  • The Alliance to Save Energy recognized thyssenkrupp’s MULTI elevator with its Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award in the Built Environment category
  • MULTI, thyssenkrupp’s groundbreaking rope-less and sideways-moving elevator, was selected based on its potential to revolutionize the way buildings consume energy and utilize space


WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2018) – This year’s 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 on September 26, 2018. More than 400 guests were on-hand, including prominent members of Congress, CEOs, White House and other Administration officials, as well as staff from federal agencies and the media, to honor this year’s 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,” said 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.

MULTI is the first elevator to ever win all of these prominent innovation awards.

“There is so much buzz surrounding MULTI; for the first time ever, people are genuinely excited about elevators,” added 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 a building’s usable space by at least 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.

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TK Elevator

With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €9 billion in fiscal year 2022/2023. We ensure high levels of customer service globally from our extensive network of about 1,000 locations. Over the past several decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent after separation from the thyssenkrupp group in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business proudly provided by around 25,000 service technicians. The product portfolio ranges from standardized elevators for low-rise residential buildings to highly customized solutions for skyscrapers. In addition, it covers escalators, moving walks, passenger boarding bridges and stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based solutions, such as the MAX platform, are delivering enhanced services. With these digital offerings, there are no longer any limits to urban mobility. TKE – move beyond.