KSB electric motors save 3 million kWh

Inside view of the rotor of a synchronous reluctance motor (© KSB AG).
Inside view of the rotor of a synchronous reluctance motor (© KSB AG).

Being awarded by the German corporate initiative DENEFF for developing the SuPremE synchronous reluctance motor was a good opportunity for the pump and valve manufacturer KSB to once more underline the massive savings IE4 motors can make compared with today’s most commonly used IE2 asynchronous motors.

High efficiency calculation

Daniel Gontermann, who is responsible for high-efficiency drives at KSB, illustrates this with an example calculation:

The efficiency of a 7.5 kW SuPremE motor operated at full speed and full load already exceeds that of an equivalent IE2 motor by up to 4 %. At a quarter of the speed, and consequentially 25% of the flow rate, this advantage can be as high as 24 %.

Using a single motor of this rating will save circulator operators 1,380 kWh per year, for example. At the same time, the pump set will emit 815 kg less CO2 per year than a variable speed pump with IE2 asynchronous motor. The calculation of operating time percentages is based on the typical load profile for this application in accordance with the 'Blue Angel' environmental requirements. At an energy price of 15 cent/kWh the annual savings per motor equal € 207.

Additional savings

As the pump manufacturer sells the IE4 motor up to 18.5 kW in combination with its Etaline pump without a surcharge, investing in a SuPremE motor pays from day one. The additional savings made by variable speed compared with fixed speed pumps have not been taken into account in the above calculations. The 7.5 kW motor is a good example as it is close to the mean values of the type series overall; it is presently also the most popular motor at 19 % of the quantity sold.

If we were to calculate the savings of all IE4 motors manufactured by KSB so far, we would look at about 3 million kWh. This equals a reduction in CO2 emissions of 1,600 tonnes.