19 Feb '12, 1pm

“Pimp My Elevator” Retrofit Turns Clunkers into Energy Savers

“Pimp My Elevator” Retrofit Turns Clunkers into Energy Savers

Forget about turning your car into a rolling DJ booth, the ThyssenKrupp Americas Elevator company has just launched the vertical version of the MTV hit show from a while back, “Pimp my Ride.” The company is offering a new elevator retrofit package , which transforms an old clunker into a smoother, faster, high tech ride that collects and recycles the energy it creates from friction while braking. Better Elevators for Better Buildings Coolness factor aside, building retrofits like this could play a significant role in President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative , which kicked off last year. The initiative seeks to “mine” buildings as a significant new source of energy. According to the Department of Energy, buildings used about 40% of the energy in the U.S. economy, costing more than $400 billion a year. The Better Buildings Initiative aims to make a dent in that with a g...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/19/thyssenkrupp-eleveato...

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