The European ecodesign directives are maturing. These directives look at how energy is used and the environmental impact throughout a product’s conceptualization, manufacture, use and eventual disposal. The directives are part of the EU’s plan to meet energy efficiency and CO2 emission goals.
Implementing energy efficiency goals is done in a two part process. First, directives and standards are developed that provide the framework to define classifications and ways to measure or calculate energy efficiency. Then these standards and directives feed into regulations. The regulations define the minimum energy efficiency classifications that can be brought to the market.
Starting January 1, 2017, IE3 regulations will be extended to motor ranges from current 7,5 kW to 375 kW, down to 0,75 kW in the European Union. Motors in the range from 0,75 kW to 7,5 kW must fulfill IE3 requirements when used in Direct On Line. Alternatively an IE2 motor can be used when fed through a variable speed drive.
You will recognize the IE2 motors complying to EU MEPS regulation from a specific marking, which will be done with a sticker “Use with variable speed drive only” on the motor.