TSI-compliant multi-system DRAGON in 3 years’ time

The Natio­nal Cen­tre for Rese­arch and Deve­lop­ment (NCBR) anno­un­ced the results of the first com­pe­ti­tion held under Sub-Measure 1.1.2 of the Ope­ra­tio­nal Pro­gramme Smart Growth: “R&D rela­ted to the pro­duc­tion of a pilot/demonstration instal­la­tion”, the so-called “Demon­stra­tor”. Fun­ding will be pro­vi­ded to 20 out of the 122 pro­jects sub­mit­ted under the competition.

NEWAG’s pro­ject  ”The first Euro­pean 6-axis multi-system elec­tric loco­mo­tive for heavy fre­ight tra­ins com­pliant with TSI manu­fac­tu­red in Poland,” was among the top 20 win­ning pro­jects, rece­iving the maxi­mum num­ber of points.

Accor­ding to Dawid Szku­cik, the project’s author, ”in three years’ s time, we will have the first in Europe, 6-axle, multi-system elec­tric loco­mo­tive for pul­ling heavy fre­ight tra­ins which will be com­pliant with the TSI.”

Thanks to the NCBR-provided fun­ding amo­un­ting to approx. PLN 10 mil­lion, NEWAG S.A., the com­pany which empha­si­zes inno­va­tion, will be able to test cutting-edge solu­tions whose aim is to trans­fer results of R&D pro­jects to the eco­nomy and con­se­qu­en­tly, to intro­duce modern and inno­va­tive tech­no­lo­gies, pro­ducts and pro­ces­ses to the market.

“Pre­sen­tly, NEWAG offers DRAGON loco­mo­ti­ves whose ave­rage relia­bi­lity ratio is 99.6% today. The locomotive’s excel­lent per­for­mance led to our deci­sion to deve­lop this pro­duct fur­ther,” said Bar­tosz Krze­miń­ski, Deputy Pre­si­dent of the Board of NEWAG S.A.

The “Demon­stra­tor” com­pe­ti­tion was one of the first com­pe­ti­tions orga­ni­zed  in the new EU finan­cial per­spec­tive  under the Ope­ra­tio­nal Pro­gramme Smart Growth. The NCBR allo­ca­ted PLN 500 mil­lion to sup­port com­pa­nies’ R&D rese­arch acti­vi­ties rela­ted to  the con­struc­tion of pilot and demon­stra­tion faci­li­ties. Based on the experts’ eva­lu­ation, only the best pro­jects were selec­ted that are cha­rac­te­ri­zed by the gre­atest imple­men­ta­tion poten­tial which ena­bles to intro­duce pro­duct and pro­cess inno­va­tions into port­fo­lios of Polish companies.