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A new first choice to reduce energy losses in industrial motors

October 2020
Gallery IE5 SynRM 1
Gallery IE5 SynRM 1


IE5 SynRM motors deliver ultra-premium energy efficiency. IE5 SynRM motors offer increased energy efficiency, improved sustainability and enhanced reliability. The IE5 level of efficiency is made possible by the SynRM design which combines the performance advantages of permanent magnet technology with the simplicity and service-friendliness of an induction platform

Industrial electric motors use one-third of all the world’s electricity, and the number of motors is set to double by 2040. There’s a clear need for more efficient motors to save energy, cut power bills and reduce CO2 emissions. The IE5 ultra-premium SynRM motors offer up to 50% lower energy losses, lower energy consumption than the commonly used IE2 induction motors. Case studies in industrial installations have demonstrated energy savings of up to 25%, depending on the application. The IE5 level of efficiency is made possible by the SynRM design which combines the performance advantages of permanent magnet technology with the simplicity and service-friendliness of an induction platform. To ensure an environmentally friendly design, the permanent magnets do not feature rare earth materials. Additional benefits of the IE5 SynRM motor are lower bearing and winding temperatures for enhanced reliability and long life. The design also creates less motor noise for a better working environment. IE5 SynRM motors can be used in a wide range of demanding industrial applications where they offer accurate control and high efficiency across the whole speed range, even at partial loads. This makes them an ideal upgrade option for standard induction motors in pumps, fans and compressors as well as in more demanding applications like extruders, concha mixers, winches, and conveyors. IE5 SynRM motors are an easy replacement for induction motors as they have the same size and output power, so no mechanical modifications are required.

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Label Date October 9, 2020
From Switzerland
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
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The environmental benefits

  • One 315 kW IE5 motor can reduce the CO2 emissions by 22,000 kg/year compared to IE3 motor.
  • 40% less energy losses compared to IE3 induction motor
  • Increased reliability
  • No rare earth metals needed

The Financial benefits

  • Less than 1 year payback time compared to IE3 motor in similar variable speed drive duty
  • Increased reliability lower the total cost of ownership

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ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries

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Headquarters 8001 Zurique, Suíça
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