Better ways to make motors

In the eighties, the development of new rare-earth permanent magnets promised great things. Unfortunately, no company or country had all the skills and expertise at its fingertips to make the best of the technology. So in 1985, the Concerted European Action on Magnets (CEAM) was launched by the European Community to tackle the problem.

The idea was to share knowledge by networking researchers through newsletters, researcher exchanges and regular meetings, thereby pooling the expertise of almost 100 research institutions and companies from thirteen countries.

An Austrian/German consortium took advantage of CEAM’s work to build an revolutionary electric motor that is powerful, light, compact and efficient.

Although the flat motor design had been around for years, in the past it had not proved suitable for mass production. Research at CEAM suggested replacing conventional magnets with those created using CEAM’s new rare earth formulations, increasing the power of the motor tenfold.

The so-called Eureka Powermag project has resulted in the award of the 1996 Eureka Lillehammer award as an innovative and marketable technology with outstanding benefits.

The motor is suited to many applications including washing machines and electric vehicles, where the motors can actually fit inside the wheels of the vehicle.

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