Energy efficient motor driven systems
This paper makes a new synthesis of the potential for high-efficiency motor driven systems in Europe. Based on the 5 SAVE studies addressing motor systems, it presents the benfits and the main market barriers, and explains why adequate regulation will be necessary to overcome those barriers. According to the study, motor driven systems account for approximately 65% of all electricity consumed by EU industry. It concludes that implementing high-efficiency motor driven systems can save Europe over 200 TWh of electricity and 100 million tonne of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Some additional benefits were quantified as well: - A EUR 10 billion reduction per year in operating costs for industry - A EUR 6 billion annual savings for Europe in reduced environmental costs - A 45 GW reduction in the need for new power plant capacity over the next 20 years - A 6% reduction in Europe's energy imports The SAVE studies also agreed on the main market barriers presently limiting the adoption of high-efficiency motor systems. Most relate to either higher purchase cost or to lack of expertise on the part of both vendors and purchasers. Only adequate regulation, combined with information campaigns, is likely to overcome those barriers. Mandatory auditing schemes, financial support for training and certification and financial incentives for energy saving projects are some of the measures suggested by the paper.