Efficiency Regulations

E Flow Technologies has focus on following the development of efficiency directives and regulations worldwide. Below you can read the latest updates on the ErP Directive (EU).

The ECODESIGN DIRECTIVE is about protecting the environment. It is about shaping the frame work condition for energy-related products to ensure the best possible environment for all of us!

A large share of the consumption of natural resources as well as a number of other important environmental impacts is due to energy-related products (including parts) characterized by having an impact on energy consumption during use.

Many energy-related products have a significant potential for being improved in order to reduce environmental impacts and to achieve energy savings through better designs, also leading to economic savings for business and end-users.

The Ecodesign directive 2009/125/EC establishes the overall framework for the setting of community ecodesign requirements. Requirements which energy-related products covered by implementing measures must fulfill and communicate with the “CE” marking and associated information.

To ensure focus and return on investment the Commission sets out 3-year working plans with an indicative list of product groups considered as priorities for the adoption of policies/implementing measures.

The directive is part of the 20-20-20 target, according to which energy use should be reduced by 20% and the share of renewable energies increase by 20% by 2020.

The first working plan covering the transitional period 2005-2008 started with those products which have been identified as offering high potential for cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This means it is aligned with EU´s Kyoto Protocol commitments.

Among the first products selected for implementing measures were electrical motors and fans driven by electrical motors.

The fan manufacturing industry is faced with the most significant legislation ever! The fan industry is impacted by the Commission Regulation (EU) No 327 on fans driven by electrical motors and the commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009 on electrical motors

Minimum efficiencies are required based upon the perspective of the overall efficiency of the fanmotor and driving arrangement. Hence, it is not enough to meet the target and comply with the law if only one part is efficient. 

The EU Fan regulation defines minimum efficiency requirements in two stages. The first stage started 1. January 2013 and the second was introduced 1. January 2015. The target energy efficiency to meet depends upon both fan type, measurement category and electrical input power. 

Calculations and descriptions are defined to assess the overall efficiency of components or the onsite assembly of a fan, motor and driving arrangement containing all the elements to convert electric energy into fan gas power without the need to add more parts.

The EU electrical motor regulation defines minimum efficiency requirements in three stages starting 16. June 2011, 1. January 2015 and 1. January 2017. The target energy efficiency to meet depends upon rated output power and number of poles.

From 16. June 2011, motors shall not be less efficient than the IE2 efficiency level.

From 1. January 2015 electrical motors with a rated output of 7,5 kW to 375kW shall not be less efficient than the IE3 level, or shall meet the criteria set with IE2 level whilst used with a variable speed drive.

From 1. January 2017 electrical motors with a rated output of 0,75 to 375 kW shall not be less efficient than the IE3 level, or shall meet the IE2 level whilst used with a variable speed drive.

WHO IS SUBJECT TO THE EU FAN REGULATION?*

The company supplying fans to the final customer is responsible for complying with Commission Regulation (EU) No 327/2011.

The fan is placed on the market when it is sold to the final customer as parts, spare parts, assembled, finished or integrated into other products.

Products sold to the end customer as parts or spare parts have to meet the requirements of not “Final assembly”. Products sold to the end customer assembled, finished or integrated into other products have to meet the requirements of “Final assembly”.

Further explanations may be found on the Guide to the implementation of Directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach (Blue Guide). The complete technical documentation and declaration of conformity with 327/2011 is available for E Flow Technologies' SMARTPACKS.

Suppliers of individual components Individual components manufacturer
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 327 on fans driven by electrical motors
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 640/2009 on electrical motors
Suppliers of complete fan sets Fan set manufacturers
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 327 on fans driven by electrical motors
Companies integrating electrical motors & fans into their products either as parts or complete fan sets End product manufacturers
  • Directive 2009/125/EC establishing the overall framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy related-products
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 327 on fans driven by electrical motors

*Directive 2009/125/EC establishes the overall framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products

The directive applies to energy-related products which are produced in the EU or imported into the EU.

The EU Commission is currently revising the EU Fan Regulation. The latest draft revised regulation expresses an expected stage III from 2020. Expectations from the draft are also radical increases in efficiency requirements and both an updated fan definition and test method approach. SMARTPACKS are designed to both meet the existing EU Fan regulation and the revised draft regulation. 

In addition, the current ISO Standard 12759 that is reflected in the EU Fan Regulation is also undergoing an revision and fan efficiency requirements are also introduced or in progress World-Wide!

 

WHICH FANS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE EU FAN REGULATION?

  • Fans driven by motors with an electric input power not between 125 W and 500 kW
  • Fans designated for export out of the EU and does not apply to means of transport for persons or goods
  • Fans designed specifically to operate in explosive atmospheres*
  • Fans designed for emergency use only, at short-time duty*
  • Fans in toxic, highly corrosive or flammable environments or in environments with abrasive substances
  • Fans designed specifically to operate where operating temperatures of the gas being moved exceed 100 °C*
  • Fans designed specifically to operate where operating ambient temperature for the motor, if located outside the gas stream, driving the fan exceeds 65 °C*
  • Fans designed specifically to operate where the annual average temperature of the gas being moved and/or the operating temperature for the motor, if located outside the gas stream, are lower than – 40 °C;*
  • Fans with a supply voltage > 1000 V AC or > 1500 DC*
  • Fans placed on the market before 1 January 2015 as replacement for identical fans integrated in products which were placed on the market before 1 January 2013**
  • Fans designed to operate as at optimum energy efficiency at 8000 rotations per minute or more
  • Fans designed to operate as conveying fans used for the transport or non-gaseous substances in industrial process applications
  • For dual use fans designed for both ventilation under normal conditions and emergency use, at short-time duty, with regard to fire safety requirements the 2013 requirements is reduced with 10% the 2015 requirements with 5%
  • Small fans (indirectly) driven by an electrical motor between 125 W and 3 kW which primarily serves other functionalities. E.g. an electrical motor in a chain saw even if the motor of the chain saw itself is above 125W.
  • Fans integrated in products with a sole electric motor of 3 kW or less where the fan is fixed on the same shaft used for driving the main functionality
  • Fans integrated in laundry and washer dryers ≤ 3 kW maximum electrical input power
  • Fans integrated into kitchen hoods < 280 W total maximum electrical input power attributable to the fan(s)

 

*The product information and the technical documentation must clearly indicate that the fan shall only be used for the purpose for which it is designed and regarding** the product(s) for which it is intended.

WHEN ARE MOTORS EXCEMPTED FROM THE EU FAN REGULATION?

Motors not covered by the EU Motor Regulation when Fans are placed to the market as not final assembly. In this case a default value is to be used for the nominal motor efficiency. This means that low efficiency motors outside the EU Motor Regulation will not be critical for the overall fan efficiency if fans driven by electrical motors are supplied as non-final assembly to the end user.

WHAT EU REGULATIONS ARE NEXT?

The Commission currently draft three year working plans. The indicative list of energy-using products which will be considered in priority for the adoption of implementing measures. Go to http://ec.europa.eu for more information on the working plans and studies.


WE ARE AT THE STANDARDIZATION AND LEGAL FOREFRONT BY ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT WORLDWIDE:

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For example we have contributed with analysis and comments to:

  • An update of the EU Fan Regulation and an stage III expected to take place from January 2020
  • A US draft Fan Regulation expected to come out any time soon
  • The current Revision of ISO 12759

Click here to read how SMARTPACK™ complies with future minimum efficiency requirements.


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