Commission Amends Ecodesign Requirements for Electric Motors

Earlier today, the European Commission has published amendments to the regulation for ecodesign requirements for electromotors. The Commission states that these amendments were necessary due to technical developments in the market of electromotors that led to changes on the limit values applied to altitude, maximum and minimum ambient air temperatures and water coolant temperatures applied to consider that a motor works under extreme conditions and in consequece a special design is needed. It considers that the changes should be reflected in the regulations.

Regulation (EC) No 640/2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, has been amended in the following way:

Article 1 is replaced by the following

‘Article 1
Subject matter and scope
1. This Regulation establishesecodesign requirements for the placing on the market and the putting into service of motors, including those integrated in other products.
2. This Regulation shall not apply to:
(a) motors specified to operate wholly immersed in a liquid;
(b) motors completely integrated into a product (for example gear, pump, fan or compressor) of which the energy performance cannot be tested independently from the product;
(c) motors specified to operate exclusively:
(i) at altitudes exceeding 4 000 metres above sea-level;
(ii) where ambient air temperatures exceed 60 °C;
(iii) in maximum operating temperature above 400 °C;
(iv) where ambient air temperatures are less than – 30 °C for any motor or less than 0 °C for a motor with water cooling;
(v) where the water coolant temperature at the inlet to a product is less than 0 °C or exceeding 32 °C; or
(vi) in potentially explosive atmospheres as defined in Directive 94/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (*);
(d) brake motors, except as regards the information requirements of Annex I, points 2(3) to (6) and (12).

Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 640/2009 is amended as follows:

In Annex I, point 2, the following subparagraph is inserted after the third subparagraph:
‘Where the size of the rating plate makes it impossible to mark all the information referred to in point 1, only the nominal efficiency (η) at full rated load and voltage (UN) shall be marked.’.

The amendments enter into force on 28 January 2014, and shall be applied from 28 July 2014.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 4/2014, in which these amendments are laid down, can be found in our CE Marking Library, or here:

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