Construction of World’s Tallest Elevator Research Tower by HITACHI
Hitachi made an announcement that it will complete the construction of “G1TOWER”, a research elevator tower that is currently under construction at an elevator R&D and manufacturing base in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. The new tower measuring 213 meters will be the tallest elevator research facility in the world. The tower is designed to be used for verification tests on the world’s fastest elevator, with a speed of 1,080m/min, as well as product development targeting the world’s largest, high speed, high capacity elevator capable of carrying a five tone load with a speed of 600 m/min. Furthermore, the new tower will be used for development of vibration suppression control devices as well as internal air pressure adjustment devices to improve riding comfort during high-speed operations.
At the same Hitachi will start development of technologies aimed at reducing the elevator shaft space, and reducing the weight of elevator car. The building of new research tower with a cost of 6 billion yen is in response to expanding elevator market and a growing demand for high speed, high capacity elevators capable of carrying many individuals at once safely with added comfort in places such as high rise office buildings, commercial complexes as well as other large scale facilities. The expected date of completion for the “G1TOWER” is April 2010.