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Monday, June 21, 2021

A Polish-Swiss company, Nevomo, will test magrail technology in Italy

 Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and Nevomo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to verify the technical and economic feasibility of superposing magrail technology on existing railway infrastructures. As part of this cooperation, they will apply for European innovation funding to finance a full-scale pilot on the RFI test facility in Bologna San Donato. It will be a significant step towards bringing this innovative technology – still in its development phase – to the European railway market. Magrail technology is expected to be compatible with the conventional rail system and will enable the modernization of conventional and high-speed rail. Estimates show that the speed of magrail trains will be 75% faster than the traditional trains without the need to build new infrastructure

and huge investments.

The year-long collaborative agreement focuses on knowledge sharing and analyzing the Italian railway network to assess the technical and economic feasibility of implementing magrail technology on selected routes. The agreement also mentions technology acceleration, aimed at integrating it with the railway system.

In line with these activities, these two companies will apply for funding from the EU to conduct the first full-scale magrail system pilot on a test track in Bologna San Donato, which RFI owns.

Magrail is expected to become a new high-speed transport system superposed on and integrated with existing railway corridors. It will enable the introduction of a new mode of propulsion with linear motors and a new interface between newly-designed vehicles and the infrastructure, based on frictionless magnetic levitation. From a technical point of view, it will allow for interchangeable operations of conventional railway rolling stock and new, faster, magnetic-levitating vehicles on the same line.

It seems that Nevomo that started in the basements of the Warsaw University, is successfully competing with technology giants in the global Hyperloop competition. If those tests bring positive results, they might have a leg up with existing rail infrastructure.