A new standard in motor efficiency
In this age of climate change and energy efficiency the EU have imposed strict new legislation governing the manufacture of industrial electric motors which will see an increase in the minimum permitted motor efficiency.
With as much as 70% of industry's energy consumption being directly attributed to electric motors, the UK government estimate that these changes will provide savings in the region of £200 million per year to UK businesses, as well as saving at least 1 million tonnes of CO2
The EU MEPS (European Minimum Energy Performance Standard) scheme sets mandatory minimum efficiency levels for electric motors introduced into the European market.
The scheme covers 2, 4 and 6 pole single speed, three-phase induction motors from 0.75kW to 375 kW, rated up to 1000 Volts and will come into effect in three stages from June 2011 onwards.
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Become efficiency savvy - What does it all mean?
Motor manufacturers will not be permitted to manufacture or import into the EU standard electric motors covered by the legislation below IE2 (EFF1) class after 16 June 2011
The current EFF1 and EFF2 efficiency classes will disappear
EFF2 (IE1) rated motors will become obsolete
Electric motors below IE2 (EFF1) class that are already in the supply chain can continue to be supplied after 16 June 2011
Manufacturers will have to test motors to a new harmonized testing procedure which gives more accurate efficiency figures
Motors will be subjected to independent testing to ensure compliance with the new levels
The new efficiency class and motor efficiency will be clearly marked on the motor nameplate
The increase in capital cost will be offset by the reduction in running cost over the lifecycle of the high efficiency motor