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MagneMotion wins US$6.3 million maglev grant

Right: Federal grant will enable MagneMotion to develop  a prototype track with multiple vehicles

MagneMotion, a developer and manufacturer of transportation, automation and material handling solutions using electro-magnetic technology, has been awarded a US$6.3 million grant from the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to develop a magnetic levitation (maglev) system for use in urban transport.

The project, funded under the FTA Urban Maglev Program, will create a monorail-based transportation system, featuring small vehicles that are levitated, guided and propelled by electro-magnetic forces at a targeted speed of up to 100mph (160km/h).

MagneMotion will work on the development with the maglev research team at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. The latest grant follows a previous project in which MagneMotion developed technical approaches for urban maglev transportation.

Richard Thornton, chairman and CEO of MagneMotion says, “This is a major step toward validating our vision of maglev in the United States. Our M3 system will demonstrate that maglev is a safe, economical, and energy-efficient alternative to existing transportation systems.”

During the initial 18-month phase, a system will be designed and analyzed, and a 51m (170ft) long prototype track with multiple vehicles will be constructed and validated at or near MagneMotion’s facilities in Acton, Massachusetts.

Providing the first phase is a success, the project’s second phase will involve the installation and test of a 150m (500ft) system on the ODU campus.

January 15, 2008

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