The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) is making almost $25 million available for 13 research projects. The goal is to make electric motors more energy efficient.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects is aimed at addressing traditional materials and designs. In addition to enhancing efficiency, the projects will seek to improve performance and reduce weight.
The specific target will be electric motors used in industry which, according to DoE, use about 70 percent of electricity used by U.S. manufacturers and one-quarter of electricity used nationally.
The four areas of research are manufacture of high performance thermal and electrical conductors; manufacture of low-loss silicon steel; manufacture of high temperature superconducting wire and manufacture of other enabling technologies.