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Motors Regulation 640/2009 comes into effect

21 June 2011

From 16 June 2011 it is no longer legal to place low efficiency motors on the European market. Regulation 640/2009 of the EcoDesign Directive has now come into effect and any motor with an efficiency rating less that IE2 can no longer be placed on the market. Specifically, the Regulations apply to LV motors of type S1 and S3 between the sizes 750W and 375kW.

REMA (Rotating Electric Machines Association) director John Parsons says that “this is a significant moment for the electrical motor industry. IE1 motors, which are banned from 16 June 2011, are believed to represent 80% of the market for smaller motors. The more efficient IE2 and IE3 motors cost more, but are significantly more efficient and will normally pay back their extra cost within a few years.”

Part of electrotechnical industry association BEAMA, REMA has set up an FAQ on the BEAMA website to explain the details of the new Regulation. REMA has been working with the National Measurement Office (NMO), which is the UK market surveillance authority for the EcoDesign Directive, to advise the industry how to interpret and comply with the Regulations. The next step for the Motors Regulations is 1 January 2015 when IE2 motors will be banned.

To provide some background to this announcement, one of the subsidiary reasons for the introduction of the ATEX directive in Europe was the continuing growth of hazardous areas in all sectors of manufacturing industry; evidenced by recent estimates showing that 50% of all industrial applications now contain a hazardous area of one type or another. The result of this growth is that increasing numbers of explosion proof electric motors are being employed across all industry sectors. Furthermore, a matched VFD/motor packages certified for Ex environments are inevitably more expensive and cannot always be justified in today’s highly competitive global market for manufacturing. 

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