Magnetic levitation is not a new thing per se: while the ground transportation industry is moving towards high performance and high efficiency systems, new levitation systems are born in the recent past to meet these requirements.
The principle is to create a cushion that physically separates the vehicle from the track, with strong advantages in terms of friction, efficiency, noise and vibrations.
The problem is that the current solutions are too complex and too costly to be adopted on a mass scale.
At Ironlev, we believe that a technological upgrade towards simplicity and efficiency is needed, and this is exactly the direction towards which we started to work.
Our patented solution is based on simple ferromagnetic material properties.
It allows objects to levitate without the need for electrical power and features a series of technical advantages that overcome the compromises of current complex and costly magnetic levitation systems.
With Ironlev’s technology, friction is not dependent on speed. This game-changing feature brings an high versatility of use: our levitation solution is suitable both for revamping current urban transportation systems and for enabling new ones. It works perfectly for a metropolitan trolley as well as a Hyperloop Pod.
The system bears the vehicle’s weight at zero speed, without the need for any power source or low speed system. Vehicles are continuously floating and always ready to be moved with the touch of a finger. This drastically improves systemic efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Safety meets control
Ironlev’s Dynamic Active Control constantly ensures a proper levitation. A perfect alignment between the vehicle and the track is maintained by detecting and reacting to even the smallest track imperfection. This guarantees high safety levels and top comfort for the passengers.
The Ironlev solution is extremely cost-effective, both in terms of fixed or variable costs.
While traditional transportation systems require the deployment of dedicated guideways, Ironlev allows existing tracks to be repurposed. And while over 60% of the operations budget for a traditional maglev train is spent in energy to electrify the whole active track (see here), with the Ironlev technology, vehicles are coupled with passive ferromagnetic rails that do not require electrification to provide levitation.