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Industrial Energy Efficiency
In Australia more than 1.7 million three-phase electric motors run in industrial and commercial facilities, and account for nearly half of the energy used across all types of industry.
Every organisation runs at least one motor, if not hundreds or thousands, to drive pumps, conveyors, refrigeration equipment and other processes requiring motive force. In a typical organisation, running costs can be up to 100 times the purchase price of a motor over its service life. The electricity consumed can account for more than half an organisation's energy costs. Inefficient and poorly maintained systems can also lead to reduced profits, unnecessary downtime, and even safety risks. Best practice leads to improved motor system reliability and efficiency, significant and cost-effective savings, higher profits, and lower energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The savings opportunities are enormous considering that the energy consumed by electric motors costs industry close to $3 billion a year and produces 37 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through burning fossil fuels.
Since 1 October 2001, three phase electric motors that are manufactured or imported into Australia must comply with Minimum Energy Performance (MEPS) requirements The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) requirements are set out as minimum efficiency levels for each size motor.