United States Industrial Electric Motor Systems Market Opportunities Assessment

Date Published

December 1, 2002


This is the Final Report of the United States Industrial Electric Motor System Market Opportunities Assessment, just one component of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Motor Challenge Program. Motor Challenge is an industry/government partnership designed to help industry capture significant energy and cost savings by increasing the efficiency of motor systems. DOE’s primary strategy is to support plant managers in applying a systems approach to specifying, purchasing, and managing electric motors and related machines so as to minimize the electricity needed to achieve production goals. This Market Assessment is intended to serve as a blue print for the implementation of the Motor Challenge strategy. The objectives of the report are to: develop a detailed profile of the current stock of motor-driven equipment in U.S. industrial facilities; characterize and estimate the magnitude of opportunities to improve energy efficiency of industrial motor systems; develop a profile of current motor system purchase and maintenance practices; develop and implement a procedure to update the detailed motor profile on a regular basis using readily available market information; and develop methods to estimate the energy savings and market effects attributable to the Motor Challenge Program. The report found that, based on detailed analysis of the motor systems inventory, industrial motor energy use could be reduced by 11 to 18 percent if facilities managers undertook all cost-effective applications of mature proven efficiency technologies and practices. The report also found that the demands on capital and management resources in industrial organizations are enormous. Market barriers include: low priority energy efficiency among capital investment and operating objectives; general lack of awareness among facilities managers, equipment distributors, engineers, and manufacturers’ representatives of strategies to achieve motor system efficiency; low level of staffing for the facilities maintenance function; and conflicting incentives for suppliers regarding the promotion of efficient equipment and practices.



US Department of Energy