QM Power and Purdue University Quantify Impact of Motor Technologies for HVAC System Energy Efficiency

Kansas City, Mo., September 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — QM Power en Purdue University today announced the findings of part one of a two-part study on the impact of QM Power motor technology on efficiency (SEER) in residential HVAC systems and heat pumps. The result was a significant SEER increase of 1 on the 21-point scale. This announcement was made at the 12th International Conference on Compressors and Their Systems by: John Brehm by Purdue University and Dave Augustine, VP Product Management and Engineering for QM Power.

The focus of the two-part study is to determine how much HVAC and heat pump SEER can be increased by using a more efficient evaporator fan motor and condenser fan motor. Part one was a simulation, while part two, currently underway, will feature actual residential heat pump hardware. Both studies use QM Power’s patented Q-Sync® permanent magnet synchronous motor. Dave Augustine of QM Power states, “Using Q-Sync® motors is an easy path for a manufacturer to improve their HVAC system’s SEER to meet 2023 energy efficiency standards.”

Improvements in SEER are notoriously difficult to achieve. Normally, various components such as condensers, regulators and compressors have to be improved, leading to higher costs, heat and electricity consumption of the grid. This study quantifies the impact that Q-Sync® technology makes on the overall HVAC system design without adding other components.

Part one of the research was conducted from: Nov 2020 until February 2021 by means of Purdus dr. Eckhard Groll, the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering and Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering, by Davide Zivianic, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for High Performance Buildings, and by John Brehm, Master’s Degree Candidate. According to Dr. Groll “the simulation results from the theoretical Phase 1 project have clearly shown that significant increases in energy efficiency are possible with the use of improved electric motors and drives. Based on these most promising results, I am confident that we can achieve significant energy efficiency efficiency will demonstrate savings in phase 2.”

About QM Power

QM Power has patented and proprietary innovations in magnetic circuits and electronic controllers for the global electric motor market. Motor applications include electric vehicles, commercial refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and drives (soft starters, variable frequency drives). We are well funded by a leading industry-focused private equity firm. We offer competitive compensation and a stimulating, collaborative work environment. More information on www.qmpower.com.

About Ray W Herrick Laboratories – Purdue University

The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories supports world-class mechanical engineering research. Facilities available include HVAC and indoor air quality labs; advanced motor test cells; acoustics, noise and vibration testing; and unique observation-based engineering labs. More information on https://engineering.purdue.edu/Herrick.

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