Hyper Poland revealed the latest transport technology22.10.2019
On October 22, 2019, a demonstration of magrail technology, a modern transport system developed by Hyper Poland, took place in Warsaw.
During the demonstration, the ride of a magrail vehicle on the test track was shown. The 48-meter track was made in a 1:5 scale. The maximum speed during this test was about 50 km/h, acceleration 6 m/s2 and deceleration 15 m/s2.
Additionally to tech presentation, Polish and foreign experts on supporting and financing innovative projects, logistics and railways took part in three discussion panels. Prof. Nalinaksh Vyas (Chairman of the Technology Mission for Indian Railways), dr Dorota Raben (the President of the Board (2013-2016) in Port of Gdansk Authority), Amos Ron (former Director General at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of Israel) and dr Vladas Lasas (a Lithuanian entrepreneur who co-founded Carbon War Room together with Sir Richard Branson) were panelists, among others, who got involved in. Not to mention representatives of railway companies from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the Polish Railway Institute, the National Center for Research and Development, Microsoft, Seedrs and Transfer Multisort Elektronik - Strategic Partner of Hyper Poland - who shared their experience in supporting innovative technologies and their implementation in the rail industry.
The special guest of the event was Dr Mark Loughran, General Director of Microsoft Polska. During his speech, he emphasized that:
- First, there was a dream of the co-founders of Hyper Poland to revolutionize the way we travel. Later, as a result of a combination of talent, knowledge, determination and technology the idea transformed into a real project and its prototype we can admire during today’s presentation. Microsoft has partnered with this young enterprise along their quick journey towards business success. Hyper Poland is one of the beneficiaries of our global initiative Microsoft for Startups, a program supporting the most promising technology companies in the world and a recipient of a grant of 120,000 USD in Azure. Hyper Poland team has demonstrated true ODWAGA (courage) so far. I am impressed with the determination and courage of Polish technology innovators, who are clearly contributing to the growth of Polish Digital Valley.
Magrail is a magnetic rail system that uses existing conventional rail transport corridors. Both conventional trains and magnetically levitating vehicles can use the same railway track interchangeably. The magrail system can be fully integrated with existing rail infrastructure without the need to make changes to the existing rolling stock. On railway lines, where trains can move up to 160 kph/100 mph, magrail vehicles can reach speeds almost twice as high (up to 300 kph/187 mph) due to the use of magnetic levitation, electromagnetic linear motor, special tilting mechanism along with relatively low height and the low mass of the magrail vehicles.
Construction of Hyper Poland’s demonstrator enabled successful testing of the following subsystems:
- levitation and propulsion (checking compliance of levitation parameters and the linear motor with numerical models),
- electromagnetic compatibility tests (motor overload tests, dynamic tests)
- electronics (communication tests, sensor operation tests)
- mechanics (vehicle structure and track integrity tests).
Thanks to the results obtained during tests, it will be possible to design individual subsystems of a full-size system, more efficiently. In the second half of 2020 in Żmigród, at the premises of the Railway Institute will begin the construction of a full-size test track of the magrail system, the unique project by Hyper Poland. For this purpose, Hyper Poland has received a grant of EUR 3.8 million from the National Center for Research and Development in May this year.
Additional to this the event, a pre-registration page for the equity crowdfunding campaign was launched on Seedrs, where another round of funding for Hyper Poland will start soon.