ARMONK, New York, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New tests show that an algorithm-based advancement in motor control technology developed by AC Kinetics, Inc. can significantly reduce electricity usage in AC induction motors used in motor-intensive sectors in manufacturing, mass transportation and energy production.
In tests conducted at Advanced Energy, an independent NIST-certified laboratory, against variable speed drives (VSDs) manufactured by Rockwell and WEG, AC Kinetics drives achieved significant energy savings on 5 hp and 50 hp motors. The certified dynamometer tests covered a full range of steady state loads and speeds.
"The efficiency gains over competitive drives measured at Advanced Energy were similar to in-house dynamometer tests we conducted on a 1 hp motor against VSD's from such industry leaders as ABB, Rockwell, Schneider, Danfoss, Lenze, Yaskawa and others," reports AC Kinetics President Neil Singer, PhD. "In all modes, our AC Kinetics drive proved more efficient and performed better than the competitive drives tested. Our software is packaged as an application program interface (API), compatible with existing VSD hardware."
AC Kinetics testing at Advanced Energy is ongoing and will include more drive brands as well as transient speed and load comparison testing in the coming weeks. AC Kinetics' R&D is funded with a combination of private and public capital, which includes major investments by Juridica Investments Limited (LON: JIL) and Capstone Companies, Inc. (CAPC).
The 1 hp data is accessible on the AC Kinetics website, www.ackinetics.com. The complete certified motor tests conducted by Advanced Energy are available to qualified companies by contacting AC Kinetics.
The AC Kinetics team comprises MIT PhD scientists and engineers. The firm has licensed motor control vibration reduction software worldwide for over 25 years. Licensees include NASA, DOE, Westinghouse, Danaher, Magnetek and Seagate. For the past six years, the company has focused on the energy field, specifically the development of next generation software for control of induction motors that optimizes performance and efficiency simultaneously.
Advanced Energy, based in Raleigh, NC, is the only independent NIST-certified laboratory in the North America accredited by NVLAP for motor efficiency testing. Advanced Energy provides independent testing, training and consulting to motor and drive manufacturers, OEMs that employ motors and drives in their equipment, governments, electric utilities, private and public partners. For more information, visit: http://www.advancedenergy.org/markets/motors-and-drives.
SOURCE AC Kinetics, Inc.