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InSwitch – Ultra-Compact Electronic Solid-State Device for Induction Motor Starting and Performance Improvement

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Project "INSWITCH" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Portugal [PT]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.3. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Secure, clean and efficient energy)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2015-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    OPTISIGMA - ENERGIA & AMBIENTE LDA PT (COIMBRA) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

The proposed feasibility study respects to a project to develop, manufacture and commercialize worldwide of an ultra-compact, self-powered, electronic solid-state device for optimized soft-starting and steady-state performance improvement of fixed-speed three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors, by means of a novel automatic load-based stator winding connection-mode management technique. It also performs advanced motor protection and fault diagnosis. One of the most disruptive features of the proposed device is that it can be installed inside the motor terminal box. In can potentially be installed in more than 100 million of induction motors worldwide, replacing the obsolete electromechanical star-delta starters and compete with electronic soft-starters. From a conservative perspective, it is estimated that the World market for this device can reach 7500 M€/year in revenues, being an excellent business opportunity. Furthermore, the proposed technology is in line with the general trend toward solid-state solutions due to the inherent higher reliability. The device manufacturing will be outsourced, but the design and commercial exploitation will be fully managed by OptiSigma. “SME Instrument - Phase 1” funding will be used to produce a complete feasibility study in which the technical, economic, financial and commercial aspects are analyzed in detail, offering key information regarding the design, construction, certification, IP management, manufacturing and commercialization of the proposed product, as well as a market assessment in terms of dimension and risks. A detailed well-grounded business plan, SWOT analysis and a business model will be also included in the final feasibility report. The results will be used to prepare a proposal for “SME Instrument - Phase 2”, as well as to start private fund raising actions.

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