“The test tower is a flagship project for thyssenkrupp.” Andreas Schierenbeck, Chairman of the thyssenkrupp Elevator Executive Board
More and more people are moving from the countryside to cities, and by 2050 over 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, this phenomenon alone will cause an estimated 85% increase in building floor areas by 2025. Indeed, it presents one of the greatest challenges of our time: how can we manage to transport everyone from A to B as efficiently, quickly, safely and conveniently as possible? Solutions to this problem are being developed in Rottweil – in the new thyssenkrupp test tower.
Official research activities recently got under way in the tower. At the Rottweil site, future lift innovations for the world’s metropolises are being developed and certified. “The test tower gives thyssenkrupp one of the most advanced research centres for lift technology. Together with our technology park in Neuhausen, it creates an innovation hub for urban mobility in the region,” says Andreas Schierenbeck, Chairman of the thyssenkrupp Elevator Executive Board .
One notable future technology being tested in Rottweil is the latest generation of lift: the MULTI. Three of the twelve tower shafts in the test tower are dedicated to the new MULTI lift system. The system uses magnetic levitation technology, as employed in the Transrapid monorail train. This offers a multitude of advantages: the cable-free mechanism means that multiple elevator cars can be operated within a single lift shaft. This increases the transportation capacity of a shaft by up to 50%, at the same time halving the amount of space that the lift takes up in the building. What’s more, the lifts can move up and down without any limits, as well as sideways, allowing architecture to be developed that has never been seen before.
– In total, 15,000 m3 of concrete and 2,500 tonnes of steel have been used in construction to date.
– 30,000 m3 of material has been excavated
– This is approximately equivalent to the weight of 60 million full bottles of water.
– The land area of 10,000 m² could accommodate 50 tennis courts.
– The tower weighs in at 40,000 tonnes. That’s the same as 8,000 African elephants.
– thyssenkrupp Elevator is investing a total of 40 million euros in the research facility.
– The test shafts in the lift test tower are 2.1 km long in total.
– The staircase has over 1,500 steps. The unofficial record for climbing the test tower stairs (starting at -32 metres, going up to 232 metres) is currently around 15 minutes.