A regenerative converter (sometimes it is also known as regenerative inverter or regenerative drive) in an elevator is a device that transmit a power distributed by a traction elevator so that it can be reused by the building's power supply for other electrical systems.
Elevators are usually travels using power distributed by a power supply. When the elevator travels down with a heavy car load or up with a light car load, the traction drive machine functions as a power generator. Energy is being regenerated by the drive machine then transmitted by a regenerative converter back to a power distribution transformer and feeds to the building's electrical network along with the energy from the main power supply. The regenerated energy can be used for other machineries and electrical systems in the building such as air conditioners, ceiling lamps, power sockets, etc.
Nowadays many modern elevators (both gearless and machine room less traction) are using this device as an energy-saving feature. In addition, regenerative converter can saves up to 30% energy compared to elevators without this device and can decreases harmonic currents.
Notable elevator regenerative converters
- E.COR (thyssenkrupp)
- ReGen (Otis, Xizi Otis/Otis Electric, Sigma)
- PCNV (Mitsubishi)
- Power Factor One/PF1 (Schindler)
- RegenAC (Magnetek)
Notes and references
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