Alternative to Rare Earth Magnets

Request Number N476452
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IncWell's partner seeks innovative alternatives to conventional rare earth magnets for usage in e-motor applications.



As consumer and industry demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, so does the demand for magnets with high temperature stability. This temperature performance is usually achieved with rare earth metals as they are able to function at temperatures in excess of 150°C. Typically, Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NIB) magnets are used.


The cost and availability of these rare earth materials has been, and is expected to continue to be, a source of concern, in addition to the environmental impact from the acquisition of these minerals. Consequently, IncWell's partner seeks alternatives to these rare earth magents. 


Specifically, IncWell's partner seeks either:

  • technologies that significantly reduce the amount of heavy rare earths (HRE) in high temperature permanent magnets OR
  • alternative e-motor concepts that enable reduced/eliminated usage of permanent magnets


While mature solutions are highly desirable, IncWell's partner is interested in learning of all approaches with a clear path of success.


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will provide:

  • high magnetic characteristics (as good or better than NIB)
  • high operating temperature stability (> 150°C)
  • cost effective implementation


Possible Approaches

IncWell's partner is receptive to all technologies capable of the desired performance.


Approaches not of interest



Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology or solution you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.


Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Civilian
  • Aviation Equipment
  • Commercial & Industrial Design
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Materials Processing
  • Metals & Ores
Due Date
January 15, 2018
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