Software Controlled Electric Motor Could Make World 25% More Efficient

Turntide’s Smart Motor System, a hyper-efficient motor controlled precisely by sensors and software that optimizes every watt, has the potential to reduce global electricity consumption by 25%. Bill Gates has invested in Turntide.

Turntide will start with HVAC and refrigerators.

Turntide Calls Its Motor the LED of Motors

The Smart Motor System marries a patented high rotor pole switched reluctance motor with matching motor controller, optional IoT Supervisor, and powerful user-friendly software. Components are designed for compatibility, ensuring the critical components of your motor-driven system work together, in harmony, to deliver next-level performance and efficiency.

This revolutionary motor system is inherently:

* Rugged and corrosion resistant
* Fault tolerant
* Optimally efficient over wide torque and speed ranges
* Highly controllable and configurable
* Communicative—the only motor that reports what it is actually doing

Air Conditioning – HVAC

The Turntide Smart Motor System reduces air conditioning operating costs through a combination of energy savings and analytics that support smarter maintenance and a reduction in emergency service calls.

Refrigeration Condenser Fans
The cold chain challenge: keep food fresh and use less energy to do it. Turntide motors, when applied to air-cooled condensers, significantly reduce energy use and provide improved dependability and lower maintenance costs. Our next-generation EC Motor also contains no permanent magnets, and it can be remotely monitored to assure your refrigeration systems remain efficient and effective.

Strengthens profit margins through energy savings and waste reduction
Drop-in, high-efficiency alternative to standard motors
Reduce energy use by 30-50% in air-cooled condensers
Excellent controllability for accurate head pressure control
Seamless integration with existing control and monitoring systems
Can act as a self-standing condenser control package utilizing Turntide Cascade programming

SOURCES – Turntide
Written by Brian Wang,

16 thoughts on “Software Controlled Electric Motor Could Make World 25% More Efficient”

  1. CO2 emissions have nothing to do with climate change, aka global warming, when you get down to the real claims of GHGs and climate. But reducing energy consumption with more efficiency is a plus. and nuclear energy is the best energy resources for the future, not renewables that are resource and land intensive.

  2. I worked for a HVAC retrofit company that used power conditioners to increase the life and power effeminacy of motors already installed.

  3. I’m not sure where they figure they can get another 25-30% efficiency from… Regular induction motors already approach 98% efficiency.

  4. Currently putting in about 3000 motors on a project that eats 30-42MW at once, this would be able to fit into a lot of those applications. A large number are VFD controlled.

    The stand between is the Motor Control Centers and Motor Control Panel (along with stand alone VDF) manufactures have to intergrate it. Getting a buy in from Siemans or Rockwell/AB would go a long way to making it standard.

  5. This is the type of leadership needed. Modernization is always held back by the greedy and race separatist few. The focus on efficiency in all aspects of everything will allow us to take fossil fuel to places like Mars, were there isn't any to sustain a presence there. Fossil fuel is a last resort fuel. There is more ethnic diversity in the U.S. than any other country that we don't take advantage of and we should be at our most efficient every year as a global leader especially at educating the generations to come.

  6. Jeez, at least throw a link to the company.

    I suppose this is yet another example of software eating the world. Though there is something to be said still for classical motor designs that are somewhat inefficient, but "solid-state" in the sense that they are dumb motors without controllers. For long life systems that are specifically designed for long life, there may be a preference for not having a software MCU in charge, as that might be the more likely point of failure depending on the use case.

    They talk about HVAC condenser cooling fan motors. Because some HVAC manufacturers are deliberately designing shorter lifespans to create greater recurring revenue from parts replacement, the comparison is a little suspect. Many newer systems use a VFD drive to control the fans for efficiency reasons (sometimes at the behest of the power company, and installed third party by the power company "for free" as an aftermarket mod). Watching HVAC repairman videos on Youtube, one sees they often lament the VFD drives (the programming is outside their skill range) as well as the spectacular VFD drive failures, as well as newer fan motors having much shorter lifespans than just 5 or 10 years ago. VFD programming might improve as overall general purpose MCU's become more powerful for the same price, allowing a much more user friendly interface to be installed (such as being accessible via tablet browser).

  7. I understand electric motors are 90% efficient now. At best they can go to 100% and that would be an 11% improvement.

  8. There's a lot of comparisons to fan motors. That's because fan(air-cooled condenser) motors are often of the "shaded pole" variety which are notoriously inefficient.

  9. It requires a microcontroller operated inverter to operate, so speed can easily be increased slowly.

  10. I wonder if this motor can be started gradually so that the grid is not hit with a large and abrupt startup demand? It would save a lot of fuses and tripped breakers.

  11. Bill Gates invested in Turntide. All part of an evil attempt to control the Universe. Yours sincerely, Q.

  12. The model 3 motor is a switched reluctance motor. The big advantage over typical induction motors, is there is not an electrical current induced in a copper "squirrel cage" imbedded in the rotor, so there are no resistance losses, or the "slip" needed to create inductive currents. There is essentially no heating of the rotor, which is difficult to cool.

  13. Variable frequency drives are well known to increase efficiency this must be an improvement. I hope they can make it affordable.

  14. They make a lot of claims about "other motors" that really only apply to some other motors.
    The market had software controlled motors with high efficiency decades ago. This may be an improved version of that, but it's not as new as they pretend.

  15. Reminds me of the phase shifting "controllers" for motors NASA had ~ 10 years ago, but far more control. Excellent!! edit: like a synchronous motor

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