Electric Motor Thermal Management

Kevin Bennion

Research output: NRELManagement


This project is part of a multi-lab consortium including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Sandia National Laboratories, and Ames Laboratory that leverages research expertise and facilities at the national labs, universities, and industry to significantly increase electric drive power density and reliability while simultaneously reducing cost. The project is organized around three Keystone projects: (1) Power Electronics, (2) Electric Motors, and (3) Traction Drive System. The Electric Motors Keystone project at NREL focuses primarily on improvements (reductions) in the passive thermal resistance of the electric motor to increase power density in line with the most recent research priorities outlined in the US DRIVE Electrical and Electronics Technical Team (EETT) Roadmap (U.S. DRIVE 2017).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

See the Vehicle Technologies Office Electrification 2019 Annual Progress Report at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2020/06/f75/VTO_2019_APR_ELECTRIFICATION_FINAL_compliant_.pdf

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/MP-5400-75103


  • cost reduction
  • electric drive power density
  • power electronics
  • reliability


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