The improvement of the performance of electric motor systems has been widely recognised to be one of the most important energy saving targets, because motive power accounts g targets, because motive power accounts for about 600 TWh/year in the European Union and about one-thirds of this amount could be saved through energy efficiency upgrading actions in a cost-effictive manner.
The European Commission is supporting a series of general actions aimed at exploiting the large energy saving potential. These actions include:
- Energy efficiency labelling of equipment
- Definition and implementation of efficiency standards
- Research, Development and Demonstration
- Voluntary agreements with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
- Information Programmes (Conference, Courses, Publications)
- Technical Tools (Calculation aids, databases)
In this context the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has developed, on behalf of by DG TREN, a European motor system database, called EuroDEEM. This activity started in 1995 with the design of a tool for the promotion and selection of Energy Efficient Electric Motors (EEM). The scope of the database containing electric motor data is to make available an important information tool that allows users to easily carry out an evaluation of the best installation or replacement options, therefore helping to achieve electricity and money savings. The EuroDEEM software package permits users to select the most suitable electric motor for their purposes, evaluating energy and financial savings.
EuroDEEM has been created to be a concrete starting point for very wide promotion and dissemination of information about energy efficiency in motor systems to a large range of end-users.
The first version of EuroDEEM containing only the motor selector database was completed and realised in 1998 with about 3000 motor models available on the EU market. The motor data were supplied directly from 24 European motor manufacturers. Currently EuroDEEM is updated every two years (2000-2002). As from 2003 the database will be countinously updated.
It is widely known that Energy Efficient Motor Technologies need to overcome various non-technical barriers towards market penetration, despite all the programmes to promote such technologies. The scope of a database containing high efficiency electric motor data is to make available an important information tool to allow users to easily carry out an evaluation of the best installation or replacement options, therefore helping the promotion of electricity savings.
The strategy for the development of the EuroDEEM has been conceived and developed to meet the following objectives:
To make available a European market directory of all Electric Motor System (EMS) components and, in particular, those which are most energy efficient.
The EuroDEEM is be a concrete starting point for very wide promotion and dissemination of information to a large range of end-users.
- The information provided within the database is easy to comprehend, so that even non-motor experts (e.g. electricians, plant engineers, maintenance personnel) will be able ntenance personnel) will be able to query the database and to understand all technical terms.
- The development is neutral, not only with respect to manufacturers (catalogue data of all suppliers to the European market will be included) but also should to take into account customer needs.
- The database, with its attached modules, is easy to use and act as a real support to the decisions in finding and choosing the best alternatives and cost-effective solutions.
- The accuracy of the results must reflect a good compromise between sophisticated software modules requiring a heavy data input (calculations of motor performance under user defined load cycles) and ease of use with minimum data entry.
- Improve user friendliness - Visual Interface similar to that of Windows Explorer.
- Develop a Motor System Inventory DataBase for keeping track of all motor systems and electricity consumption in a Company.
- Utility data and tariff: Economic anty data and tariff: Economic analysis must take into account the possibility of different suppliers in a competitive market.
The main users of this information system are intended to be not only technicians in charge of designing and maintaining electrical drive systems, but also sales staff and motor dealers.
The database targets the largest possible range of users; thus it is designed to require a minimum of user knowledge of computers and software programs. The database is designed to provide useful information to a variety of professions, including:
- Designers and Engineers
- Plant Managers and Energy Managers
- Electric Utilities staff
- Energy Saving Companies (ESCo) personnel
- Electric Maintenance Service staff
- Electric Motor dealers and sales staff
- Marketing Directors of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
- Persons concerned with installation/ replacement/ repairing of Electric Motors.