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Production Method for Ironless Electric Motors

Project description

Paving the way for ironless electric motors

Conventional iron-core electric motors are used in millions of applications. They are cheap to manufacture and are produced in high volumes. Ironless electric motors are lighter and can give the same output but they are more expensive. The EU-funded PROMINEL project will produce a prototype demonstrator production line for electric motors based on a patent pending Fibre Printing production technology by Norway’s Alva Industries. This technology promises a reduction in production cost of ironless motors with an increase in performance. The technology also has the potential to impact other industries where ironless technology is highly beneficial, including wind power generators, medical devices, robotics, precision manufacturing equipment, and automotive and marine propulsion systems.

Objective

Ironless electric motors are lighter than legacy iron-cored electric motors given the same power output, but typically costs much more. Alva's patent-pending Fibre Printing production technology promises a reduction in production cost of ironless motors, and an increase in motor performance, finally solving the production bottleneck that has kept ironless motor and generator technology from reaching their potential in many markets as a technically superior choice over conventional motor types.

The main objective of the PROMINEL project is to produce a prototype demonstrator production line for electric motors based on Alva's novel Fibre Printing technology. Alva will use the new production line for fast up-scaling of the company's proprietary motor designs, acting on a unique market opportunity in the commercial UAV market by offering a lighter and more energy efficient electric motor product for aerospace propulsion systems.

After successful market penetration in the commercial UAV sector, the Fibre Printing technology has potential to also impact other industries where ironless technology is higly beneficial, including wind power generators, medical devices, robotics, precision manufacturing equipment and automotive and marine propulsion systems.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2

Funding Scheme

SME - SME instrument

Coordinator

ALVA INDUSTRIES AS
Net EU contribution
€ 2 204 965,00
Address
SLUPPENVEGEN 6
7037 Trondheim
Norway

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 149 950,00