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AC Kinetics to Eliminate CO2, Reduce Electricity Usage
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February 06, 2013

AC Kinetics to Eliminate CO2, Reduce Electricity Usage

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

Startup Company AC Kinetics claims it can eliminate 26 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from our environment each year.

The company can also reduce electricity usage by about 104 billion KwH through a next generation motor control set to debut at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC, February 25-27.

“We have developed several algorithms for electric motor control that reduces energy consumption by 10% to 40%, while simultaneously improving motor performance,” said Dr. Neil Singer, president of AC Kinetics, Inc.

The company adds that its motor control is compatible with existing AC induction motor drive hardware and is now available for licensing. Its first motor control technology was invented by Dr. Singer and patented by MIT (News - Alert).

This technology is said to reduce vibrations and acoustics on a number of machines all across the globe. Supported by real-time adaptive algorithms, the advanced AC Kinetics software runs on standard drive hardware for motorized equipment in the consumer, industrial, and transportation markets.

The motor is controlled to optimally generate torque on demand in a maximally efficient manner. In fact its efficiency is proven by an independent motor drive efficiency study at MIT's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP).

This study evaluated a hardware implementation of the AC Kinetics controller against a few leading motor drives in the world and the findings of this exercise indicate that the AC Kinetics motor control solution outperformed the other motor drives while using significantly less energy. 

Some of the benefits of AC Kinetics drive solution include superior tracking performance and disturbance rejection; lower energy costs and automatic configuration.

AC Kinetics motor drive software can be used for several common applications such as electric vehicles; elevators and escalators; and large home appliances.

"Electric motors consume 45% of all electric energy produced globally, and two-thirds of the energy consumed for industrial production. AC Kinetics technology can substantially reduce the world's electric bill, the global spend is $570B (USD) annually, while cutting the carbon pollution generated by power plants," added Dr. Singer.

Last year, many major corporations and research groups received U.S. Energy Department (DOE) funding to conduct projects aimed at developing and deploying high-efficiency, low-cost carbon dioxide (CO2) capture from coal-fired power plants.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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