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HERMES Kick-off Meeting

The 5th of May 2015 took place the kick-off meeting of the HERMES project at the headquarters of Kiruna Wagon, in Sweden and more than 20 technicians and researchers were present.

The research and development project Hermes, funded by the EU, will enable the design of a new freight wagon with a greater capacity for transporting goods without increasing the weight, or even making it lighter. This way it would be possible to transport more tons between Súria/Sallent and Barcelona harbor at a lower logistic cost, promoting the inter-modality and flexibility of the different loads. 

Hermes can rely on a global investment of 7 million Euros that will be distributed throughout the three years of research, which started on May 1st with the signing of the collaboration agreement with the European Union. 

According to the manager of Innovation and Development of ICL Iberia, Dr Ingrid Picas, “it is a three year project that will involve the improvement and increase of rail transportation in the region of Bages. At the same time, the new wagons will enable a more efficient railway transportation of maximum quality products, such as vacuum salt, which we will start producing at Súria”. 

On another note, according to the manager of the Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic Materials Technology area, Daniel Casellas, “the project will make it possible to develop and implement materials technology and numerical simulation advanced solutions, so as to obtain lighter wagons with better efficiency and high inter-modality. Thus we will be able to face the challenges posed by railway transportation of granular materials”. 

The project Hermes expects the new wagon to be able to travel on the European rail track width. The studies will be based on this width, thus facilitating the Access of the Bages region to the Mediterranean Corridor. In the meantime, the access will also be possible through the current metric width. The project also includes new facilities for product loading and unloading in such a way that the transportation of much larger loads is optimized. There will be a noticeable improvement in the transportation of bulk goods and an increase of competitiveness and efficiency of railway logistics between Catalonia and Europe. The improved competitiveness and efficiency of railway logistics that will be achieved will make it possible to acquire a privileged position as opposed to truck transportation.

H2020 Research Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 636520.

Project Coordinator

Dr. Ingrid Picas