The 25 escalators – which have a rise of up to 48.7 metres – will be installed in metro stations in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The contract includes eight high-rise escalators for Sahil and Khatai stations, as well as 17 escalators for a new station.
With a 48.7 metre traveling height, the four escalators for Khatai station will be the highest units ever produced by Thyssenkrupp Elevator.
Thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said: “In supplying our advanced mobility solutions to Baku Metro, thyssenkrupp Elevator can increase the metro stations’ capacity by as much as 30% and ensure efficient passenger flow of around 222 million commuters each and every year. This is a significant improvement, and we are proud to provide this support as Baku continues its journey to become an efficient and future-proof city.”
He added: “It is essential to find new solutions for people transportation that save time and reduce consumption of energy and environmental resources in all markets around the world.”
The work in Azerbaijan follows a project in Georgia, where similar models were installed in the Tbilisi subway station and have increased escalator transport capacity by 50%.
Like the Tbilisi escalators, the Baku models will be narrower than previous solutions. This is achieved by an innovative approach of installing the drive (motor and gears) deep in front of the installation, rather than in the supports for the stairs. This will allow more people to travel down to the platform or up to the concourse at the same time, increasing the capacity of the escalators in the shafts by as much as 50%.