By the end of this decade, will be broken the record for the tallest building in the world, something that most people have already got used to. There are some things that most of us simply can’t imagine: for example, you record buildings require elevators that reach record heights where no lift has ever been before.
The problem is that this technology is having to be pushed up on the force.
“Although the elevators have allowed the rise of skyscrapers, technology had reached its height limit,” says Santeri Suoranta, Director of manufacturer of Kone Elevators.
“Elevators traveling distances of more than 500 meters were not viable, since the weight of the strings [steel] becomes so large that it required more strings to raise your own strings,” details Suoranta.
But the company’s search for a solution has born in fruit.
After nine years of rigorous testing launched the Ultrarope, a ultrarope is a composite material of carbon fiber coated by a permanently and lubricated ant-friction coating. The procedure weigh equivalent to only 15% of SWR, has double the useful life and, especially, can load the elevators up to a kilometer in height.
Bigger lifts in the world
Other manufacturers of elevators, such as Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Otis, Schindler, all have announced to be working hard on their own solutions. Are all in the running to create lifts that consume less energy, are less expensive to operate, easier to install and climb higher and faster.
But the procedure has been chosen to be installed in what is destined to become the tallest building in the world. When completed in 2020, The Kingdom Tower (the Tower of the King), in Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, will have a kilometer in height and will feature the world’s highest elevator, up 660 meters-pulled by the strings.
And it will be a double lift with two cabins, one above another traveling at 10 meters per second.