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Nevomo engage PJ Motion and TÜV Rheinland to homologate and assess MagRail Booster: the world’s first retrofit solution for autonomous movement of rolling stock

19.12.2023

  • Market-ready MagRail Booster will mark a leap towards truly sustainable rail innovation
  • Commercialization of MagRail Booster to start in 2024
  • Independent assessment of MagRail Booster to be completed by TÜV Rheinland, with design contributions from PJ Motion

Nevomo, a leading European deep-tech company and the developer of the innovative MagRail technology, announces the rail industry's much-anticipated transition from research, testing and development to the realm of product homologation and commercialization.

The strategic collaboration agreement concluded with TÜV Rheinland, an independent assessment provider and PJ Motion, a specialist for authorization management of track-bound vehicles, opens the door for the delivery to first-time customers of the pioneering MagRail Booster solution, developed to enhance existing rail services, enabling traffic automation and infrastructure electrification with greater flexibility, higher frequency of operations, greater capacity and increased dynamics.

In this joint project, TÜV Rheinland and PJ Motion play a key role in ensuring that Nevomo's pioneering technology MagRail Booster complies with the state-of-the-art CENELEC norms for railway applications and CSM railway directive and that the MagRail Booster meets the industry's safety standards.

‘The partnership is critical in demonstrating the role that TÜV Rheinland has in innovation and bringing new innovations to market. With our expert team, we are able to thoroughly assess the new MagRail Booster. We look forward to working with the teams at PJ Motion and Nevomo in this project. Cutting-edge technology and materials are key to improving performance of the rail systems and subsystems, and our certification can lead to the market fully adopting this new product with the trusted TÜV Rheinland seal of approval,’ said Lars Walther, Global Field Manager Rail for TÜV Rheinland.

‘PJ Motion is joining the project to use its extensive expertise to ensure that the design of the MagRail Booster meets the stringent requirements of the rail industry. From the beginning, PJ Motion ensures that the MagRail Booster fits into the operational and regulatory landscape of European rail transportation. Therefore, we work with a database-supported requirements management system from development through production to delivery. We are proud to be part of to this highly innovative project,‘ said Thomas Hofer, CEO of PJ Motion.

MagRail Booster, part of the MagRail product portfolio, is the world's first retrofit solution for existing rail cars, featuring an electromagnetic propulsion with a linear motor that enables independent movement without a locomotive. Current tests on the Nevomo track in Nowa Sarzyna confirm its ability to revolutionise rail travel, with the retrofitted GATX wagons running smoothly on conventional railway infrastructure. These innovative wagons can operate autonomously, either in full trains or individually, and can automatically connect or disconnect with other wagons.

‘Our partnership with TÜV Rheinland and PJ Motion marks a next major step in Nevomo's journey. As we move from research and development to commercialisation, this collaboration will ensure that MagRail Booster is not only an innovative product, but also a benchmark for safety, efficiency and reliability in rail transport. Adapting to this significant phase in the company's journey, Nevomo is undergoing a series of strategic organizational adaptations aimed at reshaping the company's structure to ensure effective management and operations in the realities of a changing environment. In this regard, Stefan Kirch, one of Nevomo's co-founders, is turning from Chief Business Development Officer towards Chief Commercial Officer, kicking off the commercialization of Nevomo’s first market ready product. At the same time, two world-class experts are joining our Nevomo team: Harj Dhaliwal, who takes on the position of Chief Business and Capital Programmes Officer and Eliseo Auciello who has been appointed Chief Technology Officer,’ said Ben Paczek, CEO and Co-Founder of Nevomo.

In an era of increasing demand for efficient connectivity and a commitment to the protection of the environment, the deployment of breakthrough technologies such as Nevomo's MagRail is not only important - it is critical. MagRail Booster not only promises a redefined future of rail transport, but also allows it to be upgraded quickly and efficiently, supporting the objectives of the European Green Deal. Once homologated and with the first commercial deployments, the MagRail Booster is ready to revolutionise rail transport, marking a new era of modern, efficient and sustainable rail solutions.

About TÜV Rheinland

TÜV Rheinland Rail is a truly international world leader providing first class services for the entire rail industry around the globe, with office locations at 40 cities in 20 countries. With a business track record of 50 years, our 430 experts are supporting clients in 25 languages. Companies within the TÜV Rheinland Group maintain the relevant Accreditations and several Notified / Assessment / Inspection / Certification Bodies. Clients are turnkey suppliers, system and component manufacturers, rail operators, leasing companies, investors, authorities and governmental organizations, and we are providing services in the business segments of Assessment / Certification and Consulting. TÜV Rheinland Rail serves the market segments of high speed and mainline transport, regional and urban transport, innovative solutions, automated transport systems, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, as well as freight transport. For a first overview of our services please see Global Services for Railway Projects | TÜV Rheinland (tuv.com)

About PJ Motion

PJ Motion GmbH offers a comprehensive full-service package for the authorization of track-bound vehicles. The full-service package covers all steps of the approval process, from requirements identification and verification management to official submission and issuing of vehicle and vehicle type approval. PJ Motion is part of PJM, an internationally renowned railway system specialist which has successfully implemented projects in 30 countries on 6 continents. As an accredited test facility according to ISO/IEC 17025, PJ Messtechnik GmbH carries out approval tests of rail vehicles worldwide. PJ Monitoring GmbH is a technology leader in automated and digital rail freight transport, due to the overall system WaggonTracker.

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