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MEPS Guide: Global Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Low Voltage Motors

Understanding the MEPS

The increasing demand for electrical energy to sustain global development requires consistent heavy investments in power supply generation. However, in addition to complex medium and long term planning, these investments rely on natural resources, which are becoming depleted due to constant pressures upon the environment. The best strategy, therefore, to maintain energy supply in the short term is to avoid wastage and increase energy efficiency. Electric motors play a major role in this strategy; since around 40% of global energy demand is estimated to be related to electric motor applications.

As a consequence of this need to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, many Governments worldwide have established local Regulations, also known as MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) to numerous types of equipment, including electric motors.

Whilst the specific requirements of these MEPS differ slightly between Countries, the implementation of IEC standards 60034-2-1:2014 (methods for determining losses and efficiencies) and 60034-30-1:2014 (definition of efficiency classes), means that the definition, measurement and publication of the efficiency data is consistent amongst motor manufacturers and therefore easier for the correct motors to be selected.

motors MEPS guideWEG fully understands the requirements of these Global regulations, and offers today one of the most comprehensive ranges of electric motors complying with these minimum efficiency levels. Furthermore, as a forward thinking Company whose philosophy is to provide its Customers with products which offer optimum performance, energy savings, fast return on investment and sustainability, WEG continues to focus its efforts in the research and development of electric motors with efficiency levels exceeding those defined in currently published International standards.

This Guide provides an overview of Global Mandatory Efficiency Regulations.

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