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Energy department announces $25 million to develop next generation of electric machines for industrial energy savings

The Energy Department has announced up to $25 million in funding to support the development of technologies for energy-efficient electric motors. The funding aims to significantly increase the efficiency of electric motors, which currently consume around 70% of electricity used by U.S. manufacturers and about a quarter of the national electricity consumption. The funding opportunity will target key technologies that can enhance efficiency and reduce weight in a cost-effective manner, while addressing limitations in traditional motor components made from conductive metals and silicon-infused “electrical” steels. The projects will focus on areas like high-performance thermal and electrical conductors, low-loss silicon steel, high-temperature superconducting wire, and other enabling technologies. The initiative aims to save nearly 44 terawatt-hours per year, contributing to the mission to double clean energy research and development investments over the next five years. The project will also benefit the clean energy sector, aiding wind, solar, electric vehicle, and battery manufacturers.

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Keith Smith

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