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Energy Savings with Synchronous Belts

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

posted by Brent at 12:46 PM

Converting V-belt drives to synchronous belt drives can reduce energy usage.

To estimate the number of kilowatt-hours saved by using synchronous belt drives rather than V-belt drives, the following calculation can be used:
KWH= (motor hp x hours/year x .746 x.05)/motor efficiency

where constant .746 is the conversion factor from hp to KW and .05 is the estimated 5% energy savings gained by converting to synchronous belt drives.

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