Nevomo and Ciech Sarzyna, a subsidiary of Ciech Group signed an agreement to develop a magnetic levitation test facility in Poland. Nevomo will lease the needed land and infrastructure from Ciech Sarzyna, allowing it to build a full-scale 750 m test track.
The work will begin in summer of 2021 and the track will be the longest passive magnetic levitation test facility in Europe.
“The construction of the 1:1 scale test track on the site provided by Chiech Sarzyna is another milestone in the development of the magrail technology. The successful conduct of these tests opens the path to pilot implementations, which are planned for the years 2022–2024. Magrail technology is expected to be technically fully operational by 2025,” Pawel Radziszewski, Board Member and CTO of Nevomo said.
Ciech Sarzyna will provide Nevomo the access to the area with the railway track and the adjacent infrastructure, and, inter alia, office building and warehouse located in the Nowa Sarzyna commune, in the Podkarpacie region, Poland. On the test track, vehicles with a linear drive system and passive levitation will be tested, as well as power electronic systems for powering and controlling a multi-segment linear motor.
The advantage of the magrail technology, which uses the hyperloop concept is the possibility of integration with the existing railway infrastructure without the need to make changes to the rolling stock.
“Ciech supports innovative solutions that respond to the challenges of the world around us. The cooperation with Nevomo is part of the philosophy of our operation, according to which a business which is modern and open to cooperation is a source of positive changes for millions of people in the world. I am glad that we will make a small contribution to building a truly revolutionary technology in public transport,” Wojciech Babski, CEO of CIECH Sarzyna, said.
The track design is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Intelligent Development Programme. The project implemented as part of the competition of the National Centre for Research and Development.