Fans are not currently regulated for energy efficiency in Australia and New Zealand. A range of options for driving improvements to the energy efficiency of new fans sold, including possible regulations, are discussed in three new Product Profiles which have been released by the E3 Committee for public comment. The Product Profiles cover both Non-Domestic Fans (with power input 125 W to 500 kW) which are used in industrial and commercial applications, and Small Fan Units (with a power input less than 125 W).
Product Profile: Small Fan Units, Australia and New Zealand
Product Profile: Non-Domestic Fans NZ Market
Product Profile: Non-Domestic Fans AU Market
This work on fans follows the release of a Discussion Paper on Industrial Equipment which was released by the E3 Committee in 2010, and which identified fans as one of the high priority products for further consideration, and the draft In from the Cold Strategy which proposed MEPS regulations for fan motors used in some refrigeration applications. It has also been prompted by developments in the European Union, where minimum energy performance regulations for fan units with an input power in the range of 125 W to 500 kW will be introduced in 2013. These documents include:
Discussion Paper: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Industrial Equipment
Report: In From the Cold – Strategies to Increase Energy Efficiency of Non-domestic Refrigeration in Australia
Report: In from the Cold – Background Technical Report Volume 2