Power Efficiency Corporation Finishes Development of Prototype Digital Power Controller
Power Efficiency Corp. announced that it has successfully completed development of a prototype digital power controller based on its new proprietary software- and microchip-based technology. The prototype successfully reduces the current and voltage supplied to a single phase motor, similar to those found in many appliances and light commercial equipment. The controller also soft starts the motor, bringing it from rest to full speed in a gradual manner.
The prototype includes a microchip and software, comprising the company's latest technological developments. This technology is covered by a provisional patent the company recently filed. Further improvements will result in additional patent filings.
"Electric motors operating at low loads can waste in excess of half of the energy they consume. With this prototype and the provisional patent we recently filed, we have taken great steps toward using our proprietary technology to improve the efficiency of vast numbers of electric motors," said Steven Strasser, Power Efficiency's Chairman and CEO.
Power Efficiency Corp.'s microchip-based technology will not only be the foundation for its own product line, but can also be incorporated by other manufacturers of control systems and soft starts. These manufacturers include some of the world's largest industrial companies. Strasser also stated, "Power Efficiency Corp is also targeting home and light commercial appliances, which have many motors that are candidates for the Company's technology. For example, there are over 14 million refrigerators and freezers and 8.5 million washing machines sold in the United States each year. We believe our digital controller may become the simplest and most cost-effective technology to reduce the energy consumed by many appliances."
With the completion of this prototype, the company is now aggressively moving toward the design and subsequent manufacturing of commercial units for use on motors in industrial facilities and commercial buildings. For example, motors on grinders, conveyors, crushers, saws, stamping presses, escalators, elevators and other applications are candidates for the PEC's technology. The company anticipates having certified and commercialized units ready for market in the first quarter of 2007.