Nevomo develops the next generation of High-Speed Railways (HSR), based on magnetic levitation, linear motor and autonomous control systems, which can be subsequently compatible with a vacuum version (hyperloop). We are the only company in the world able to gradually implement hyperloop-inspired solutions as an upgrade for the railway industry.
The Hyper Poland team was created in 2015, and the company was founded in 2017. In 2020 it was decided to change the name to NEVOMO.
Nevomo is in no way affiliated with Elon Musk and SpaceX. Elon Musk was the creator of the modern concept of hyperloop, but our company is only partly inspired by this idea. However, part of the team had the opportunity to meet him during the finals of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the USA, in which our student team participated twice.
The MagRail system is a unique magnetic rail technology operating on existing railroad tracks at a speed of 300 km/h - 550 km/h. This hybrid solution allows both magnetic vehicles and conventional trains to operate on the same lines. Our last stage - vacuum railroad (hyperloop) will require new, dedicated infrastructure and vehicles will move at speeds up to 1200 km/h. The subsystems tested in the first two generations will be used here.
Our solution is to modernize the existing tracks with a linear motor installed between the existing rails and with levitation plates mounted on the sides of the track. The linear motor has a form of a third rail mounted on the track axis and will be used for propulsion and braking of vehicles. Levitation plates will be used to lift the vehicle above the surface and to stabilize the vehicle sideways. As for the existing magnetic rail solutions, both presented solutions (Transrapid and JR Maglev) require a long process of building a completely new, expensive infrastructure. They are also active systems, which means that to obtain levitation it is necessary to directly supply energy to electromagnets both in the vehicle and on the track. Our system is passive - levitation is the result of vehicle movement. A train at a certain speed will automatically start pushing itself away from the track.
- Higher operating speed, capacity, and flexibility
- The increased speed of cargo transport creates unprecedented possibilities of transporting goods on rail lines with delivery between distribution points even on the same day. The development of fast transport can contribute to economic growth and social development, especially in developing countries where technology can modernize outdated rail infrastructure with optimal financial outlays.
- Increasing the share of railroads in transport
- Restoring the competitiveness of existing railroads by modernizing existing conventional infrastructure to the high-speed rail standard and high-frequency travel will lead to the takeover of a significant proportion of freight from road and air. Currently, road transport accounts for 75% of the market. The greater share of rail freight is a better macroeconomic situation and a solution for European transport growth, as rail has 12x lower external costs for society than road transport.
- Ecology and health
- Reduced use of heavy-duty vehicles translates into lower air pollution, especially CO2, noise reduction, less road congestion and fewer accidents. This results in a higher quality of life and a reduction in the incidence of civilization diseases. Assuming that 30% of the current road freight market is taken over by rail, we will avoid 1 million additional trucks on the road and generate an economic profit of EUR 100 billion due to lower external costs. We will also avoid emissions of 290 million tonnes of CO2 and 45,000 premature deaths by 2030(https://www.railfreightforward.eu/sites/default/files/usercontent/white_paper-30by2030-150dpi6.pdf)
Construction of the vehicle and first full-scale test track in Nowa Sarzyna has been completed. First tests were performed in March 2023.
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group company responsible for managing the national railroad infrastructure in Italy, and Nevomo, have signed an MoU to develop MagRail technology. This agreement is focused on knowledge sharing and analysing the Italian railroad 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 railroad system. In line with these activities, RFI and Nevomo 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 is owned by RFI. This will be the last stage of testing, which is expected to trigger the conformity assessment procedures needed to implement the MagRail technology commercially.
Hyperloop is an innovative magnetic vacuum rail system. This is a completely new technology that uses the advantages of both rail and aircraft. What distinguishes it is its work in a vacuum environment, high speed of a vehicle (up to 1200 km/h) and no contact with the ground during movement.