Energy Efficiency

Efficiency Classes

Efficiency Classes

The final versions of the DIN and European standards are based on the IEC standard; the minimum values of the EN standard are specified in an EU regulation regarding the implementation of Directive 2009/125/EC for selected types of motors.

Class codes

Class codes IE1, IE2, IE3 and IE4 have been introduced. This system is similar to the IP, IM and IC codes uses for many years in the electrical machinery industry. IE stands for ‚International Energy Efficiency Class‘ and is expected to be widely accepted.

Comparison of efficiency classes

In a direct comparison with the same motor, it can be assumed that the efficiency determined with the new measuring method for IE motors will be lower.

For example, a 4 pole 15 kW EFF1 motor with an efficiency of 91.8% is physically identical to a 4 pole IE2 motor with an efficiency of 90.6%.

The main difference between the EFF and IE classes is in the method used to determine the efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Class Comparison

Exceptions to the classification requirement IEC 60034-30-1

  • Operating mode S2, S3<80 %, S4 to S10
  • Inverter-driven motors that cannot be operated directly from the mains.
  • Motors that cannot be independently measured, such as pump motors with wet rotors.
Energy Efficient Classes

Super Premium class IE4 for new technology

This technology is under development and is described in the IEC 60034-30-1 standard. The foreseen limits are expected to reduce power dissipation by up to 15% compared to class IE3.

Efficiency Class IE4 applies to all types of line operated AC electric motors. The efficiency class of Bauer permanent magnet synchronous motors for inverter supply have been derived from the efficiency class IE4  described in IEC 60034-30-1. These motors are generally rated by torque rather than power. The overall efficiency is determined taking into account the power dissipation in the inverter and the often considerable process gains achieved with speed control. A direct comparison of motor classes IE4 and IE3 is therefore not meaningful.