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- Dec 06, 2018 -

Upgrade puzzle

As a major energy consumer, motors have received wide attention from all walks of life. In 2010, the government began to introduce incentive policies for the promotion of high-efficiency motors, and implemented financial subsidies for high-efficiency motors. At present, most of the places in China still use ordinary motors with the following standards, and the cost is considered to be an important reason. The production of high-efficiency motors is based on the general efficiency of the motor, through the optimization of the motor production process, the use of advanced rotor structure and optimized electromagnetic field design, so that the working efficiency of the motor is improved. The use of new cold-rolled silicon steel sheets and the application of new processes, while increasing the use of copper and related materials, the cost is 20% to 30% higher than the average motor, which is considered to be difficult for downstream companies to accept.

"You can't just look at the initial investment!" said Lin Bin, senior vice president of Siemens and general manager of the drive technology group. He pointed out that from the perspective of the life cycle of the entire motor, the initial purchase, installation and period maintenance costs only account for about 10% of the total cost, and the electricity cost for operation will account for about 90%. Choosing a high-efficiency motor can significantly save electricity costs, which is in fact more in line with corporate interests in the long run. He believes that energy-saving awareness and conceptual issues are also a crux of the current difficulty in promoting high-efficiency motors.

Xu Shaoshan believes that in addition to the high price of high-efficiency motors, there is another deep reason: about 80% of the motors are used as supporting equipment for fans, pumps and air compressors. Equipment manufacturers are not the end users of the products, they are more concerned about the price of the product than the level of energy efficiency. “For a long time, the motor is a typical price-oriented product, and the price has played a leading role, while the efficiency level of the motor is in a secondary position, or even not considered at all. This is also the enthusiasm of enterprises to produce high-efficiency motors. The main reason for the low market share of high-efficiency motors," Xu Shaoshan said.

In addition to affirming the above viewpoints, Zhao Yuejin also believes that the current price level of industrial electricity in China is not very high, and end users lack sufficient understanding and understanding of the economics of the purchase cost and operating cost of high-efficiency motors throughout their life cycle. Its enthusiasm for the purchase of high-efficiency motors has resulted in high-efficiency motors not being used by users in large quantities.

Other factors that have to be considered are that the replacement of the motor by the enterprise may affect the continuity of the production; the change of the size of the new and old motors affects the matching of the motor and the equipment; there is a synergistic cost between the motor procurement department and the use department; Replacement troubles, lack of power, etc.