EIT InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe, has invested in Nevomo, a European deep-tech company developing the next generation of high-speed rails, to accelerate the rollout of its hyperloop-inspired MagRail technology. Used to upgrade existing railway infrastructure this proprietary solution combines magnetic levitation and linear motor enabling speeds of up to 550 kph. EIT InnoEnergy’s investment is part of a €5 million bridge round with Hutter Private Equity, ValueTech Seed, and Seedrs which was concluded earlier this year. EIT InnoEnergy is supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
Lucienne Krosse, responsible for the hyperloop portfolio at EIT InnoEnergy, underlines: “Nevomo’s technology is the missing link between the current, often hugely outdated rail infrastructure and entirely new high-speed systems like the hyperloop. This can not only accelerate the adoption of this new mode of sustainable, long-haul transport but greatly decrease the costs associated with such a shift.”
Nevomo’s mission is to boost conventional railways to become more efficient by applying hyperloop-inspired propulsion, suspension, control & IoT solutions. Its MagRail technology provides easy, quick, and cost-effective extensions of existing railways’ capacity and capability while at the same time proposing a phased approach towards the vacuum rail (hyperloop). Nevomo joins EIT InnoEnergy’s portfolio of hyperloop-related companies, which includes Hardt Hyperloop from the Netherlands and Spain’s Zeleros Hyperloop.
“Becoming a portfolio company of one of the world’s leading investors in sustainable energy and transportation is further confirmation from the market that we are on the right track in developing our hyperloop-driven technology. We are confident that thanks to EIT InnoEnergy’s support we will be able to follow the path of portfolio companies such as Northvolt”, says Przemek Ben Pączek, CEO and Co-Founder of Nevomo.
The first 1:5 scale demo version of Nevomo’s MagRail was presented in 2019, followed by successful mid-size tests conducted in winter 2020/21. In 2021, Nevomo started construction on Europe’s longest track for testing passive magnetic levitation in Nowa Sarzyna, Poland. As of mid-2022, the installation of all the necessary elements has been completed. The first full-scale test vehicle, equipped with all the necessary components to perform the first tests was delivered to the site in August this year. The tests are expected to take place in winter 2022/23.