According to the International Energy Agency, electric motor driven systems account for between 43% and 46% of all global electricity consumption. Due to these systems, small industrial businesses often spend a hefty amount on energy bills, many of which can be easily reduced if the correct steps are taken to ensure that all motors are running as efficiently as possible.

In an effort to improve efficiency standards within the industry and identify the most energy-efficient motors around the world, SEAD, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative has announced the third Global Efficiency Medals competition, open to all manufacturers with an energy-efficient product they’d like to nominate.

Governments in support of energy efficiency

SEAD is an initiative funded by the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum that allows participating countries to share and discuss policies and programmes that encourage energy-efficiency and contribute to a global clean energy economy. According to the website, 23 governments currently participate in the Ministerial including those which account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of global clean energy investment.

Finding the world’s most energy-efficient electric motor

The SEAD competition has been launched in the hopes of helping buyers make purchasing decisions that can lower energy costs and encourage further innovation among manufacturers. In regards to the upcoming medal competition, Kavita Ravi, SEAD Lead, points out that “electric motors are in everything from small appliances to large industrial equipment.” She adds that, “the competition will allow manufacturers to distinguish themselves as producers of the most energy-efficient products and help consumers save energy and cut back on electric bills.”

Are you a manufacturer interest in nominating a motor for consideration? The submission deadline is November 29th, 2013 after which potential winners will be asked to provide samples of each entry for verification of energy-efficiency claims.

Competition details

Winners will be announced on September 1st, 2014 and SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded to a representative from the regions of Australia, Europe, India and North America. Other awards include an international winner for the Most Efficient Induction Motor and the Most Energy-Efficient Motor Using New Technology. According to Energy Manager Today, the competition is the third global awards program of this type launched by SEAD. The first two included awards for the World’s Most Energy-Efficient Flat-screen Television and the Most Efficient Computer Monitors.

For more information on the SEAD award and the application process here! Read all about the most recent standards set by the International Electrotechnical Commission in our latest article outlining IE4 Compliant Technologies.

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