Brushless PM Motors retain efficiency in variable speed applications.

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Driven by variable frequency drives, Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+(TM) brushless permanent magnet motors come packaged in standard NEMA frame sizes and mounting dimensions to facilitate substitution. Motor-only rated point efficiencies of 93.0% and 92.0% for 3 and 5 hp versions, respectively, and efficiency is maintained over speed and load range. Due to flux-focusing stator and rotor hub geometry, motor produces performance with all-ferrite magnet design.

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Maximize Energy Efficiency in Variable Speed Applications with NovaTorque's Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+(TM) Brushless PM Motors

By using low-cost ferrite magnets in an innovative flux-focusing design, NovaTorque motors deliver the "best of both worlds" - the superior efficiency of rare-earth permanent magnet motors at a price that is competitive with induction motors.

Sunnyvale, CA - NovaTorque, Inc. ( a Sunnyvale CA based producer of high efficiency, cost effective, permanent magnet motors, introduces its next generation design of 3hp and 5hp PremiumPlus+(TM) motors. NovaTorque's Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+(TM) brushless permanent magnet motors, driven by variable frequency drives, boast motor-only rated point efficiencies of 93.0 percent and 92.0 percent for 3hp and 5hp versions respectively, far exceeding the levels achieved with induction motors. By comparison, 3hp and 5hp NEMA Premium® induction motors, when driven by variable frequency drives, achieve a motor-only efficiency of between 88.5 and 90.0 percent.

"In addition to having higher efficiency at the rated point, NovaTorque's PremiumPlus+(TM) motors maintain their high efficiency over a much wider speed and load range. For example, in a variable speed, variable torque application such as a fan or pump, a 50 percent reduction in speed results in a 75.0 percent reduction in load. At that reduced load, NovaTorque motors will maintain efficiency of approximately 91 percent, whereas a NEMA Premium efficiency induction motor will have declined to 80 percent. The advantage is even more dramatic when compared to the current installed base of induction motors, where improvements ranging from 20 percent or more are achievable," continues Johnson.

Importantly, due to its unique patented flux-focusing stator and rotor hub geometry, the NovaTorque motor produces this performance with an all-ferrite (versus rare earth) magnet design.

"The cost of rare earth (neodymium) magnet material, the basis of most conventional permanent magnet motors, has risen dramatically and is now more than 25 times the cost of ferrite. Further, supply of rare earth magnets, nearly sole-sourced out of China, is increasingly uncertain. The ability to use ferrite magnets allows NovaTorque to price its motors comparable to induction motors. This means OEMs and HVAC systems builders can now economically deliver permanent magnet motor efficiency with their systems" explains Johnson.

NovaTorque PremiumPlus+(TM) motors are packaged in standard NEMA frame sizes and mounting dimensions for easy substitution. Due to their high power density, NovaTorque motors are available both in the mounting frame size typical for induction motors, as well as one frame size smaller. NovaTorque PremiumPlus+(TM) motors are compatible with readily available variable frequency drives (VFDs) from most leading manufacturers, including ABB, Yaskawa, Mitsubishi, Fuji, Hitachi, Toshiba and others.

Based in Sunnyvale, CA, NovaTorque is a producer of brushless permanent magnet electric motors. The Company is dedicated to delivering the superior energy efficiency of permanent magnet motors at price points more comparable to the common AC induction motor. NovaTorque accomplishes this through an innovative, flux-focusing, design that allows for the use of ferrite rather than rare-earth magnets.

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