This is a verified breakthrough that will help reduce energy consumption. I am sure it will create great excitement for Keppe motor fans and any QmoGen developers.
QM Power, maker of an innovative new high-efficiency motor technology, introduced today the Q-Sync Smart Synchronous Motor, a new class of energy efficient motors that shatters the industry’s standard in fan-motor performance and reduces energy consumption up to 80%. Q-Sync improves the power quality and reliability of fan motors and provides businesses and OEMs with significant new energy savings retrofit opportunities for the same cost as legacy fan motors. Q-Sync is currently available for refrigeration applications and will expand into additional markets in 2016.
QM Power is offering a risk-free financing and services program for Q-Sync to make it easy for businesses to begin reducing their energy costs immediately. Interested businesses can retrofit their equipment with Q-Sync motors at no cost in exchange for sharing their energy savings with QM Power under contract.
“Motors can consume up to seventy percent of all the energy used in commercial buildings, but amazingly there has been little to no innovation in motor efficiency over the past half century,” said PJ Piper, co-founder, president and CEO of QM Power. “With Q-Sync, we’ve reinvented the fan motor to exceed modern-day energy and environmental requirements, deliver bold new energy savings opportunities and dramatically reduce grid congestion. The motor can now be the next meaningful retrofit and OEM opportunity for energy savings in commercial buildings.”
Until today, the commercial refrigeration industry has had two primary choices for fan motors: the induction or shaded-pole motor developed in the 1880s, and the Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) developed in the 1960s. More than sixty-five percent of all commercial refrigeration motors deployed today are shaded-pole motors, which are only twenty percent energy efficient. The ECM has a thirty-five percent market share and is about sixty percent efficient. Today’s introduction of the Q-Sync Smart Synchronous Motor provides businesses and utilities with a compelling new choice: a seventy-five percent efficient motor for the same cost of an ECM.
The Smart Synchronous Motor – A More Efficient, Reliable and Long-lasting Motor
A simpler, smarter controller with streamlined electronics is at the core of QM Power’s breakthrough design for Q-Sync. An ECM requires continual conversion between AC and DC power throughout its use to operate; however, Q-Sync’s innovative controller quickly and efficiently eliminates the need for power conversion after the motor starts. Q-Sync’s advanced electronics quickly get the motor to its targeted speed, and then efficiently shift the motor to AC power supplied directly from the grid. And because Q-Sync is a permanent magnet motor, it eliminates the additional energy requirements and slip that is associated with a shaded-pole motor. The result is a motor that provides up to an 80% reduction of energy at the meter and an 80% reduction at the grid.
Because its electric circuit runs for a fraction of the time required by an ECM motor, the Q-Sync motor is more reliable and lasts longer. Additionally, it features industry-leading water resistant casing that prevents common wear and tear from on-site elements. As a result, QM Power offers a 2-year warranty on its Q-Sync motors, which is double the industry standard.
Unparalleled Power Quality for the Grid
In addition to transforming electrical energy into mechanical energy more efficiently than an ECM, a Q-Sync motor has a greater than 50% advantage in power factor than an ECM, meaning it accepts energy from the grid more efficiently. Because the Q-Sync motor uses less power, it reduces stress on the grid and can help utilities reduce spikes in energy use and costs.
“The introduction of Q-Sync will lead to a significant reduction in energy consumption and CO₂ emissions,” said Dr. Bryan Becker, a professor at University of Missouri–Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering and former Chairman of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee for Refrigeration Applications for Foods and Beverages. “Using Q-Sync technology instead of state of the art Electronically Commutated Motors would be the energy equivalent of taking one of every two motors off the grid. And, using Q-Sync technology instead of shaded-pole motors would be the equivalent of taking four of every five motors off the grid.”
A DOE High Impact, Energy Saving Technology
Recognizing its significant potential for energy savings, the Department of Energy (DOE) has named Q-Sync a High-Impact Technology. Over the course of the year, the DOE is working with QM Power, OEMs, supermarkets, service and retrofit contractors and utilities to install and demonstrate over 10,000 higher efficiency Q-Sync fan assemblies in over 50 grocery sites throughout the US. The results of the first DOE demonstration have been documented in a newly released publication by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Oak Ridge report reveals a broader upgrade of the Q-Sync fan motors to applications beyond commercial refrigeration could reduce source energy consumption by as much as 300 billion kilowatt–hours or more, with proportional environmental benefits.
About QM Power
QM Power delivers high-efficiency electric motor technology that shatters industry standards for energy consumption by up to 80%. The company’s innovative, patent pending Q-Sync smart synchronous motor sets a new standard in fan motor performance, reliability and cost, and has been thoroughly tested and validated by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Mo., QM Power has received more than $20 million in venture funding, contracts and grants.
For more information, please visit: qmpower.com.
Inventor’s motor aims to save millions in energy costs
The follow is an abridged version of a story published on October 8, 2015 by Greg Hack, The Kansas City Star
Joe Flynn and his two dozen co-workers at QM Power in suburban Kansas City think about motors every day – and now they have one for sale that federal researchers say could save half a billion dollars in energy costs every year.
It’s called the Q-Sync Smart Synchronous Motor, and Flynn says it is “one of the coolest things” he’s ever invented.
Its design came to him while he was pondering how a motor could be more efficient than the best ones on the market but also simpler than the cheapest ones, “to keep the costs low.” In the end, said Flynn, the company’s chief technology officer, his design for the Q-Sync was so stripped down “it was hard to believe it ran.”
And now the Q-Sync, designated an “emerging energy-saving technology” by the Department of Energy, is ready for market. Specifically, the supermarket market, because it’s just right for running the evaporation fans that keep food cool.
Getting grocers – and their fan makers, equipment buyers and electrical contractors – to make the switch is QM Power’s next challenge, an effort led by president and CEO P.J. Piper, who founded the company with Flynn nine years ago.
Piper thinks he can quickly capture 30 to 40 percent of the food-cooling market. At a recent demonstration at a Kansas City Price Chopper, where the Q-Sync was outperforming the store’s current fan motors, Piper said: “Our motor uses 50 to 80 percent less energy than current motors, and 98 percent of the total cost of an electric motor is in the energy it consumes.”
And for Piper, whose background is in finance, the clincher is that Flynn’s design “to keep the costs low” means that the Q-Sync, unlike most energy-saving technologies, will not cost buyers more. Piper didn’t put a unit price on the Q-Sync, saying that would vary based on factors including the size of an order, but said it wouldn’t cost more than the next-most-efficient motors available.
Some other numbers that explain why the little Q-Sync, about the size of two hockey pucks, is such a big deal to Flynn and Piper – and to the departments of Energy and Defense, the National Science Foundation, NASA, utility companies and others interested in energy efficiency:
-The average grocery store has 225 evaporator fans, and every soda vending machine has one, too. Add in restaurants, bars, convenience stores and other food vendors, and the U.S. has nearly 16 million such fans. Nearly 80 percent of those fan motors use a design that dates to the late 1800s, invented by Nikola Tesla. The relatively simple design – using AC current to create magnetic fields that make a motor’s rotor spin – has persisted because it’s inexpensive and can last a decade. But it’s so inefficient that any upfront savings evaporate quickly as its electricity use mounts.
In the side-by-side tests being run at the Price Chopper, Q-Sync motors are using only about 20 percent as much energy as the older motors. And the older motors’ wasted energy is lost as heat, further hurting a refrigeration system’s efficiency.
-The other grocery fan motors now in use are a more recent and efficient design, known as ECM motors, which use permanent magnets to reduce the amount of electricity they need, and convert AC current to DC. The motor was invented in 1962, came to market in the late 1980s and finally caught on in the past couple of years, after California ordered a phase-out of the old-style motors. But the Q-Sync is more efficient than them, using 70 percent as much electricity as the ECM motors, and in some conditions just half as much.
The Q-Sync’s technology, called a synchronous AC motor, has permanent magnets like the ECM, so it keeps that advantage. But it also has advanced electronics – thanks to Flynn – that bring the motor quickly up to speed and synchronize it to the frequency of the current from the power grid. When the motor speed and current frequency are in sync, the motor’s electronics can be shut off, saving more energy. Not having to convert AC current to DC also saves some power.
In the past, such synchronizing technology has been too expensive for widespread use. But as Flynn said, “My specialty has always been how to make a dollar’s worth of stuff for a nickel.”
-Add it all up – as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory did in a recent report – and replacing all those fan motors with the Q-Sync could save businesses $517 million a year. The energy savings also would reduce the demand on the power grid around 600 megawatts and cut annual carbon dioxide emissions 4 million tons.
For that report, Bryan R. Becker, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, collaborated with Brian Fricke of Oak Ridge’s energy and transportation science division. Besides research into the cooling-fan market and motor efficiencies, they monitored and verified results from another side-by-side test of Q-Sync and ECM motors at a Hy-Vee in suburban Kansas City.
Mike Cash, a service sales engineer with Design Mechanical who installed the Q-Syncs at the Price Chopper, said: “Upgrading lighting can provide a 10 to 20 percent energy saving. But these evaporation motors can save 40 to 50 percent and provide a better payback.”
Piper also is working with utilities to make sure their customers know about rebates and other energy-conservation incentives that will help them pay for the Q-Sync. QM Power is even considering contracts that essentially give the fans and motors away and recoup the costs by splitting money from the energy savings with buyers.
Bobby Castaneda of CLEAResult, which contracts with Kansas City Power & Light to promote energy savings, said KCP&L was “always looking for new technologies that can reduce the load on the electric grid. QM has been assertive in demonstrating its technology works – offering proof, and not just theory or sales talk.”
Piper, 45, has seen such growth before. His previous company, Aspen Aerogels, a high-tech insulation company in Boston, quickly grew to 150 people and went public last year. Now Piper is scouting properties to triple QM Power’s current 4,000 square feet of office and lab space.
There, the QM Power team has used everything from computers and a 3-D printer to laser cutters, a freezing chamber and arrays of fans to develop, prototype, test and refine the 12-watt Q-Sync. And with the help of another government grant, the team is working on using the technology in bigger motors, such as the half-horsepower ones common in heating and air-conditioning.
Becker and Fricke, in their Oak Ridge Laboratory report, also saw that possibility for QM Power’s technology in the “hundreds of millions” of U.S. heating and refrigeration motors, which use nearly 30 times as much energy as the evaporation fans Q-Sync is going after first.
So Flynn, 65, doesn’t think the initial Q-Sync will be his last breakthrough.
“No, it never stops,” he said. “We’ll keep inventing. That’s what we do.”
©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)
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