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Production Method for Ironless Electric Motors

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PROMINEL (Production Method for Ironless Electric Motors)

Reporting period: 2019-10-01 to 2020-09-30

Ironless electric motors are lighter than legacy iron-cored electric motors given the same power output, but typically cost 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. The PROMINEL project is designed to finally solve the production challenges that have 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 as a blueprint for fast up-scaling of the company's proprietary motor products, 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.
The project was initiated on October 1st 2019. Since then, the project has progressed in accordance with the stipulated plan, albeit with minor discrepancies caused by the corona virus situation. Despite these disruptions, the project has kept to its original deadlines for deliverables and milestones thus far.
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. In this way, the PROMINEL project contributes towards both economic and social returns on investment through the successful commercialisation of a novel production technology for lightweight electric motor/generators.