The operations of electrical machines are responsible for around 45% of the total global electric power consumption. Thus, any improvement of their efficiency can result to be extremely beneficial in terms of power savings and emissions reduction. The goal of the research activity is to develop control techniques for electrical motors, driving loads as compressors or pumps, that minimize power losses. In particular, we focus on accurate modeling of the machine losses and load characteristics to derive optimization based control techniques that improve the performance of the drive.
The work is in the context of the Energy Smartops Project, which is a consortium of academic and industrial partners for energy optimization of industrial plants.