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AC Kinetics' Green Motor Can Eliminate 26M Tons of CO2


ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 6 – A new green technology developed by startup company AC Kinetics, Inc. will help eliminate as much as 26 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from the air we breathe, while also reducing electricity usage by about 104 billion KwH. This next generation motor control is compatible with existing AC induction motor drive hardware and is now available for licensing. It will debut at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC, February 25-27.

"We have developed several algorithms for electric motor control that reduce energy consumption by 10% to 40%, while simultaneously improving motor performance," explains Dr. Neil Singer, president of AC Kinetics, Inc.

AC Kinetics has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Future Energy Pitching Event at the Summit.

"Our technology also enables motors to run cooler, and therefore last longer," says Dr. Singer. "Electric motors consume 45% of all electric energy produced globally, and two-thirds of the energy consumed for industrial production. AC Kinetics technology can substantially reduce the world's electric bill—the global spend is $570B (USD) annually—while cutting the carbon pollution generated by power plants."

The advanced AC Kinetics software, supported by real-time adaptive algorithms, runs on standard drive hardware for motorized equipment in the consumer, industrial, and transportation markets. The drive software controls the motor to optimally generate torque on demand in a maximally efficient manner. The software automatically configures itself to achieve a level of motor performance and energy efficiency unreachable even by hand tuning present day drives with costly instrumentation.

An independent motor drive efficiency study at MIT's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) compared a hardware implementation of the AC Kinetics controller against some of the world's leading motor drives. The AC Kinetics motor control solution outperformed the other motor drives while using significantly less energy. The testing was completed and published by MIT in May 2012.

Benefits of AC Kinetics drive solution over present day state-of-the-art drives:

  • Superior tracking performance
  • Superior disturbance rejection
  • Lower energy costs
  • Cooler operation
  • Software compatible with present day hardware
  • Automatic configuration
  • Outperforms both auto- and hand-tuned drives
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Payback measured in months
  • Integrates into existing firmware-retrofittable

Common applications for AC Kinetics motor drive software include:

  • Electric Vehicles
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Electric Rail
  • Air Conditioning and fans
  • Pumps and Compressors
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Large home appliances

The AC Kinetics team's first motor control technology, invented by Dr. Singer and patented by MIT, reduces vibrations and acoustics on hundreds of millions of machines world-wide.

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Source: AC Kinetics

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