Industrial Conveyor Motor Performance Evaluation

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This project was part of an effort by ComEd to evaluate the energy saving potential of emerging technologies for inclusion in their energy-efficiency incentive portfolio. The objective of this project is to evaluate the energy-efficiency potential of high-efficiency motor and drive systems retrofit in industrial conveyor belt applications. The project is comprised of the following two phases: 1. Laboratory performance characterization of a high-efficiency and baseline motor/drive under various torque and frequency scenarios 2. Development of an engineering tool to estimate the daily and annual energy and demand savings of high efficiency motors in a representative conveyor belt system.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages84
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-80051


  • conveyor
  • conveyor drive systems
  • conveyor energy model
  • conveyor torque model
  • energy efficiency incentive
  • high-rotor pole
  • SRM
  • switch-reluctance motor


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