High-speed induction motors and drives for greater system efficiency

Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch advances the industrial world with high-speed induction motors and variable speed drives for better system efficiency – up to 20,000 rpm with power ranging from 300 kW–1.5 MW. Applications that can benefit include blowers, compressors, pumps, vacuum systems, test benches, energy storage, turbomachinery, and other high-speed applications.

High-speed induction motor


  • Gearless, direct-drive solution
  • Up to 1.5 MW and 20,000 rpm
  • Simple design with fewer components
  • Very low maintenance needs
  • 50% savings in space and weight
  • Easy to install
  • Withstands high centrifugal forces and thermal cycling
  • Thousands of solid rotor motors delivered with zero rotor failures

Think outside the gearbox

The Switch direct-drive, high-speed induction motors allow you to get rid of the mechanical gearbox. This allows the application to reach higher speeds and unmatched energy efficiency.

The structure is more compact and lighter in weight, and requires up to 50% less space than a conventional design. The solid rotor construction provides high mechanical integrity and rigidity. Without the gearbox, you can reach higher system efficiencies.

Our high-speed drive system consists of solid rotor motors and the latest Yaskawa variable frequency drive technology. Together with the frequency converter, you get full control over the entire operating range.

Find out what makes solid rotor technology the best choice for high-speed applications:

Investment payback in 2 years

Each application can take advantage of full speed control over the entire range, ensuring system efficiency and energy savings. Some companies have already been able to realize a return on their investment in as little as 2 years.

Applications that can benefit

  • Fans and turbo blowers
  • Vacuum systems in paper machines
  • Turbo generators
  • Industrial air compressors
  • Gas compressors
  • Chiller compressors
  • Turbo pumps
  • Test benches
  • Other high-speed industrial applications

Customized solutions

Customized solutions are available based on our successful long-term joint development projects with world leaders. Ask us more!


MAN Energy Systems

MAN Energy Systems, formerly MAN Turbo, chose our solid rotor technology for a high-power compressor of 8 MW, 10,000–12,000 rpm, for a gas application that survives subsea installation with aggressive gases.

Gardner Denver Pulp & Paper

Gardner Denver Pulp & Paper, formerly Runtech of Finland, has placed continuous volume orders for high-speed motors and drives to be used in its paper machine vacuum systems that run at over 10,000 rpm.

FIMA, Germany

German FIMA Maschinenbau GmbH, our first chemical industry reference, ordered a series of 200 kW high-speed motors for turbo blowers with a speed of nearly 11,000 rpm.