Green motor control software cuts energy use by up to 40%

AC Kinetics claims the technology will eliminate 26 million tons of CO2.

February 6, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

ARMONK, NY: AC Kinetics Inc. has developed a green technology that it says will help eliminate from the air as much as 26 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, while also reducing electricity use by about 104 billion kwh.

The Armonk, NY company, which develops control technologies for electromechanical devices, claims its electric motor controller software called ACKS reduces energy consumption by 10% to 40%.

“Our technology also enables motors to run cooler, and therefore last longer,” says Neil Singer, president of AC Kinetics Inc. “Electric motors consume 45% of all electric energy produced globally, and two-thirds of the energy consumed for industrial production.”

Singer makes the grand claim that the technology can substantially reduce the world’s electric bill – the global spend is $570 billion annually – while cutting the carbon pollution generated by power plants.

The software, supported by real-time adaptive algorithms, runs on standard drive hardware for motorized equipment in the consumer, industrial, and transportation markets. It controls the motor to generate torque on demand at its most efficient level.

An independent motor drive efficiency study (published in May 2012) at MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP), compared a hardware implementation of the controller against some leading motor drives. The AC Kinetics’ motor control outperformed the other motor drives while using significantly less energy.

The company says its motor control is compatible with existing AC induction motor drive hardware and is now available for licensing. It debuts at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC, Feb. 25-27.

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