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Impact of U.S. DOE 2016 Regulation on Dry Type Transformers Webinar

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy revised the energy efficiency regulations for electrical transformers, effective in 2016. Transformer manufacturers are evaluating the range of design changes necessary to meet this new regulation. Participants will see output from focused interviews with dry type transformer manufacturers which will summarize the trends expected in the industry associated with this new efficiency regulation.

Date: May 8, 2014
Time: 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Consumers all over the world benefit from more efficient use of electricity. The benefits to environmental sustainability are tangible, as well as the support to the global energy demand forecast. It is expected that by 2035, the global demand for energy will increase over 36% from today. The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes the value for increased energy efficiency and has subsequently revised the energy efficiency standards that apply to electrical transformers used in the distribution of electricity in the U.S.. The DOE 2016 energy efficiency regulation changes will require transformer manufacturers to change the design of their transformers in order to achieve these efficiency levels. Participants of this webinar will learn about market trends as a result of how U.S. manufacturers are likely to change the transformer designs between now and 2016. A series of quantitative analysis and focus interviews were conducted with manufacturers of dry type distribution transformers in order to summarize market trends that will result from this regulation. This analysis will illustrate the fundamental transformer design relationships that will be explored to achieve the higher efficiency requirements, and the commercial impact of these design changes in terms of material choices and design approaches. Participants will learn about the expected trends in the critical components in the transformer including core steel, conductor and insulation material. These trends will be explored with the two main dry type transformer categories of the efficiency regulation: low voltage general purpose and medium voltage transformers. We invite you to participate in this presentation, and contribute to the trends presented with your reactions and observations during the Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation.

Key Take-Aways

  • See how manufacturers are planning to redesign in accordance of the new regulation.
  • An overview of the DOE 2016 energy efficiency regulation
  • Commercial and market trends expected as a result of the regulation.


Brian Little, NAFTA Marketing Manager, DuPont™ Nomex® Energy Solutions

Brian Little received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2000, and has been employed by DuPont since then. He has served in various technical roles for DuPont across business such as Sontara®, Tyvek® and Nomex®, including R&D, process development, manufacturing technical support, Six Sigma, product development, and applications research. He also served as the global technology manager for Energy Solutions where he managed resources responsible for applications research of Nomex® in electrical insulation applications. Currently, Brian is the NAFTA Marketing Manager for the Energy Solutions business segment in DuPont, where his responsibilities include Nomex® sales into the electrical insulation industry.