February 3, 2017, Wheat Ridge, Colorado—Tom Hopkins, the CEO and CTO of Zero E Technologies, LLC, the developer and manufacturer of the ZEUS Motor is pleased to announce that a 15 HP version of its ZEUS Motor™ was tested by an independent certified lab, Advanced Energy, based in Raleigh, NC. AE's test results confirmed the motor's extraordinarily high efficiency.
With the adoption of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in Paris in December 2015, and the commitment of 186 countries to reduce their emissions, the era of high efficiency motors has dawned. The average efficiency of the world's stock of electric motors is just 84%, meaning that 16% of the electric power used to power motors is wasted--mainly as heat. This is an enormous waste considering that almost half (46%) of all electric energy generated, worldwide, is used to power electric motors. The fastest way for a government to reduce emissions, as they have committed to do, is to mandate the use of high efficiency motors and to incentivize their purchase. The cleanest energy of all is the energy we don’t need to generate when we are using high efficiency motors. The future is with high efficiency motors.
AE's tests of the ZEUS Motor™ showed that it is 4.3% more efficient that an IE3/NEMA Premium® efficient induction motor when operated by a Variable Speed Drive (95.5% vs 91.2%), and 4.5% more efficient when tested without a VSD (96.9% Vs 92.4%). When operating with a full load but at slow speeds, the ZEUS Motor ™ was over 18% more efficient. Dr. Keith Klontz, a consultant who worked with Zero E on the motor's development described it as an "almost unheard-of improvement in the world of electric machines.”
Late Breaking News: Technical Paper on ZEUS Motor Accepted for Prestigious Conference
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has accepted a paper submitted by Dr. Klontz on the ZEUS Motor™, "Permanent Magnet Motor with Tested Efficiency Beyond Ultra-Premium/ IE5 Levels". This paper will be presented to the ACEEE's 2017 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, a conference that will be held in Denver Colorado, in June 2017. The ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.
The efficiency of motors is denoted by four industry-accepted standards, beginning with the lowest and rising to the highest (best): IE1/Standard, IE2/High, IE3/Premium, and IE4/Super Premium. The US and EU authorities wish to institute a new, higher efficiency level, IE5/Ultra Premium. But no conventional induction motor has achieved this efficiency level. But the ZEUS Motor™ is already 2.1% more efficient than the proposed IE5/Ultra efficiency (96.9% Vs 94.8% proposed for a 15 HP motor). The ZEUS Motor™ is believed to be the most efficient general purpose industrial motor ever developed.
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About Zero E Technologies, LLC
Zero E Technologies, LLC designs, develops, and manufactures highly efficient permanent magnet motors, known as the ZEUS Motor™ using a platform that is readily adapted to a range of power outputs. The Company seeks more efficient power use, i.e., less energy wastage, to help developing nations grow sustainably.
The ZEUS Motor™ is slated for commercialization beginning in 2017. According to an IEA study, the market opportunity where Zero E will compete is enormous with 30 million new, medium-sized motors (1 to 500 HP) procured each year, representing a $100 billion market. Zero E's immediate market is the 7 million 10 to 30 HP motors procured each year that Zero E is already introducing to the market.
The ZEUS Motor™ offers very high efficiency, small size, robustness, and is potentially less expensive to manufacture than conventional motors. Moreover, it is potentially disruptive of major markets. Zero E is currently targeting OEMs that use motors in their products (fans, pumps, compressors, conveyors, etc.) and that account for 60% of new motor sales. Zero E aims to “blitzscale” by going international with local partners serving other countries and regions. For more information, please visit http://www.zeroetech.com/.
Tom Hopkins, CEO
Zero E Technologies, LLC