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EU MEPS: Next phase less than a year away

As we enter a new year and look forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities ahead during the next 12 months, it doesn’t seem right to think about 2017 just yet. However, we’re now less than a year away from the third phase of the EU MEPS (European Minimum Energy Performance Standards) electric motor efficiency legislation and for some users it’s time to start planning for the changes.

The mandatory Energy-using Products (EuP) directive states that from 1 January 2017, motors with a rated output of 0.75 kW to 375 kW must meet IE3 efficiency or IE2 if coupled with a variable-speed drive. Along with output, the legislation applies to the following motor types:

  • Rated voltage up to 1,000 V
  • Single speed
  • Three phase
  • 50 Hz
  • Two, four and six pole
  • S1 duty

However, not all motors will be affected. Exceptions to phase three include:

  • Motors designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres as per ATEX directive 94/9/EC
  • Brake motors
  • Motors used in ambient air temperature outside the range of -30°C to 60°C
  • Motors located at altitudes exceeding 4,000m above sea level
  • Motors with a maximum operating air temperature above 400°C

We’re always on top of the latest energy-efficiency regulations, so look out for more news on the upcoming EU MEPS electric motor legislation throughout 2016. In the meantime, if you’d like to speak to an expert about electric motor efficiency and the benefits of ABB drives, call Gibbons on 01621 868138 or email info@gibbonsgroup.co.uk and a member of our friendly team will be happy to assist.

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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