Stardust and Ohio State’s next-generation electric machine

September 11, 2019

A mineral found in stardust helped electrical engineers at The Ohio State University win a large-scale, $3.7 million overall, power efficiency project sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

“The dream system now is in front of us,” Longya Xu said, director of Ohio State’s Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE). “We have operated the system. It does reach the goal.”

Electric motor systems are the backbone of international industry. Power systems for oil and gas companies, refineries, or water treatment facilities all require a range of fans, pumps, compressors, grinding mills, metal rolling, and hoists in order to get results.

Ohio State was among five winning teams earning DOE funding to develop the next-generation electric machines and drives. Buckeye researchers see the value in pursuing the most efficient systems. The world market for medium voltage electric motors is growing fast.

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