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Regal Beloit Corporation, a manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission components, announced that it has launched a microsite dedicated to providing resources and tools related to a product’s Fan Energy Rating (FER). Disclosing FER information was mandated by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2014 and will take effect in 2019.
In 2019, the maximum fan energy rating taking effect for furnace fans will aim to reduce energy consumption in furnaces by approximately 40 percent over 30 years — equivalent to 500 billion kilowatt-hours. This equates to a 180-million metric ton CO2 emission reduction. The content hub, developed by Regal, will offer customers a library of resources, interactive tools, industry news, videos and specifications on all compliant Genteq motors.
“Realizing the need our customers have for guidance in meeting these regulations, we created a hub that will not only point them toward resources which will help them understand the regulations and list what compliance steps to implement, but it will also help them evaluate available Genteq motors and determine which product will meet their desired tier based on price and performance,” says Deep Dey, director of marketing for FER, Regal Beloit America, Inc.
Regal has been redesigning its products that did not meet the standard; compliant Genteq products now include DEC Star blowers and EON+ motors. To address the challenge the FER regulations introduced when eliminating the lowest product tier, the company has also developed a new electronically commutated motor (ECM) to provide an entry-level tier option.
“These FER regulations served as a catalyst for Regal to develop an entry-level ECM specifically targeted toward furnaces,” Dey says. “Leveraging more than 20 years of history as pioneers of ECMs, Regal has developed an IoT-ready motor with premium features that will drive lowest total cost of ownership while also enabling compliance with the regulations.”
With furnaces accounting for 10 percent of yearly energy use and serving as one of the largest energy consumers in a standard household, access to the necessary resources for FER compliance will be integral to meeting the 2019 deadline. The content hub will be hosted on Regal’s new, responsive website platform that recently underwent significant upgrades, added additional product features and focuses on industry solutions. To access the content hub, click here.