50% - Motor Power Consumption
Motors that support society
All things run on motors—including smartphones, appliances, and vehicles as well as industrial facilities such as plants and power generation facilities. And, as times change, the situations that require using motors are also rapidly expanding.
Motors consume approximately 50% of the power used around the world
Motors are the core components of anything working with electricity. Motors consume approximately half of the power used around the world.
Source: IEA Energy Efficiency Series, Paul Waide and Conrad U. Brunner, et al. . 2011
Reducing global power consumption is a major theme in responding to global warming
Enacted in 2016 to respond to global warming, the Paris Agreement* aims to keep the increase in the global average surface temperature within 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this, we must continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions (such as CO2), and effectively achieve net zero emissions as a zero carbon society post-2050. Reducing power consumption is a major theme to achieve this target.
*Paris Agreement: A new international framework that replaces the Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2020.
What can motors do to curb global warming?
Consumers need higher quality and more efficient motors. In the home appliance area, AC motors have been replaced with brushless DC motors which use less electricity. For example in electric fans, brushless DC motors use about half as much electricity as the conventional ones and are also smaller and lighter. Brushless DC motors also have a feature in speed control. Brushless DC motors allow fine control at any speed, whereas conventional AC motors have about only three levels of speed control. ,. With this fine air volume adjustment, we can feel gentle breeze from electric fans for a long time.