[November 5, 2013: New Bedford, MA] A division of Epec Engineered Technologies, EC Fans & Drives manufactures EC electric motors specifically for the HVAC and Refrigeration sectors. With the introduction of new energy efficiency standards derived from the U.S. Department of Energy it is a very significant time to introduce our ECplus™ Motor. Anyone involved within the supermarket industry should be aware that profit margins are tight, typically between 1% and 3%. With the ECplus™ Motor you can expect up to 80% savings in energy consumption. The opportunity to save even a 1/8 th of a cent would prove to be a drastic improvement in the refrigeration and HVAC industries.
Refrigeration alone accounts for over 35% of the energy consumed in a standard supermarket. Due to the increase in stringent legislation targeting energy savings, commercial refrigerators and freezers have become a main focus. This has resulted in Supermarket Procurement Departments specifying that all new and retrofitted commercial refrigerators and freezers are fitted with electronically commutated motors. Coca-Cola and other leading OEM's in the commercial refrigeration sector have already begun implementing the cost saving benefits of the ECplus™ Motor and its energy efficient technology.
Simon Gidney, President of EC Fans & Drives, commented "Revised Energy Star efficiency requirements for 2014 have mandated a significant reduction in the power consumption of commercial refrigeration units and EC Fans & Drives are pleased to be working with several major OEM's in the United States and overseas to provide state of the art electronically commutated motor solutions to help them meet and exceed these new energy requirements."
The average American supermarket has approximately 400 shaded pole motors in commercial refrigerators and freezers which remain operational at all times.
The efficiency rate of these motors is in the order of 15%. This means that 85% of their energy consumption is transferred as waste heat into the environment, and has to be removed or cooled down again by the refrigeration and air conditioning system, causing additional consumption of energy.
With efficiency rates up to 70% the ECplus™ Motor will dramatically reduce direct energy consumption. Additional energy savings will incur by greatly reducing waste heat. The ECplus™ Motor will also allow supermarkets to significantly reduce their environmental impact.