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POTENTIAL FOR RARE EARTH ELEMENT RESOURCE EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS IN PERMANENT MAGNET MOTORS THROUGH AN EXTENSION OF THE ELECTRIC MOTOR PRODUCT GROUP REGULATION UNDER THE EU ECODESIGN DIRECTIVE

Author:
  • Erika Machacek
  • Carl Dalhammar
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages:
Publication/Series: LCM 2013 conference proceedings
Document type: Conference paper
Publisher: LCM 2013

Abstract english

It has been proposed that the EU Ecodesign Directive can promote resource efficiency through relevant ecodesign requirements. This paper examines the potential for rare earth element (REE) resource efficiency improvements in the event the current regulation for electric motors under the Ecodesign Directive is to be extended to comprise REE-based permanent magnet motors. The research is based on literature studies, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with representatives from industry and academia. It is found that standards addressing the design and use phase could yield highest resource efficiency improvements of REE in permanent magnet motors. Highly ranked are stricter EU energy efficiency ratings and design for dismantling if and when recycling of REE was to be commercialized.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Ecodesign Directive
  • motor
  • magnet
  • resource efficiency
  • rare earth elements

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LCM 2013
Published
Carl Dalhammar
E-mail: carl.dalhammar [at] iiiee.lu.se


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