3 February 2017

Test methods and test standards

The GEMS Regulator advises applicants with three phase cage induction motors (electric motors) tested under IEC test standard 60034-2-1 may now nominate Test Method A (Method A) during registration.

An article in the October 2016 edition of The Efficiency Standard highlighted an issue where the current Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Three Phase Cage Induction Motors) Determination 2012 referred to Method A as aligning with the standards AS/NZS 1359.102.3:2000 or IEC 61972, and Test Method B (Method B) aligning with AS 1359.102.1-1997 or IEC 60034-2-1. The article also highlighted that IEC 61972 had been withdrawn, and IEC 60034-2-1 was now aligned to Method A.

The Regulator instructed all applicants to nominate test methods for electric motors per the current Determination – i.e. if you had a motor tested to IEC 60034-2-1, you could only nominate Method B.Feedback received from industry indicated motors otherwise MEPS-compliant under Method A were not being accepted under Method B, preventing suppliers from fulfilling their orders.  

To minimise any inconvenience to applicants, and to continue the interpretation since the commencement of the GEMS Act, the Regulator has decided to allow electric motors tested under IEC 60034-2-1 to nominate Method A rather than Method B for registration purposes. This is an interim measure until a replacement Determination for electric motors is released. Work on the replacement electric motors Determination is underway, and a consultation process will begin shortly.