US government will provide us $25 million for R & D of motor technology
The U.S. Department of energy will provide $25 million over the next five years to help develop advanced energy-saving motor technology.
The advanced manufacturing office (AMO) of the energy conservation and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of energy has identified four areas of technology that it believes can improve motor efficiency and reduce motor weight, while breaking the limitations of traditional conductive metals and electrical steel. These technologies are: high performance thermal conductor; low loss silicon steel; high temperature superconductor; and other technologies that can provide performance. These technologies can help us motor users save nearly 44 watt hours of electricity each year, which is about 1.6% of the total electricity consumption in the United States. In addition, these technologies can lay the foundation for energy saving of variable speed motors in the future, improve the efficiency of motors used in the field of clean energy, and save energy for wind power generation, solar power generation, electric vehicles and battery manufacturers. Under the next generation electromechanics: Enabling Technologies Program, DOE plans to select eight to 12 projects to develop key technologies needed to improve efficiency and reduce weight costs while breaking the conductive metals and silicon implanted electrical steel used in traditional motors. These projects will focus on the recent progress in nanomaterials research and the improvement of high temperature superconductor performance. They will also encourage the research, development and deployment of high magnetic, high frequency insulation materials and lead-free, low loss bearing technologies that are essential for high-speed motors.
The motor technology program is part of the Obama administration's double investment in clean energy research and development. The broader clean energy manufacturing program of the U.S. Department of energy aims to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. clean energy products production and promote the competitiveness of national manufacturing by improving energy productivity. Motor consumption accounts for about 70% of U.S. manufacturers' electricity consumption, accounting for nearly 75% of the total electricity consumption in the United States.