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New high-performant and long-lasting ballast for sustainable railway infrastructures

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EC-Contrib. €






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Project "NEOBALLAST" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CALLE VIRIATO 47
postcode: 8014
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙274˙625 €
 EC max contribution 1˙592˙237 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2. (PRIORITY 'Industrial leadership')
 Code Call H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2019-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    COMSA SAU ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 542˙675.00
4    MAPEI SPA IT (MILANO) participant 197˙925.00
5    SORIGUE S.A. ES (LLEIDA) participant 90˙125.00


 Project objective

NEOBALLAST is an innovative high-performance, long-lasting and eco-friendly ballast aggregate solution designed to overcome the two most important shortcomings of railway tracks: track degradation and noise and vibration emissions, whilst improving safety and customer service. The implementation of NEOBALLAST will improve the economic and environmental performance of European railway tracks, bringing important socio-economic benefits to the whole European society. As a suitable solution for both, new and existing railway lines, NEOBALLAST potential market extends to the whole European rail network (i.e. beyond 200,000km of lines), accounting for almost 20 million tonnes of new ballast every year, and a related turnover about 350M€.

In order to take this mature and proven technology, NEOBALLAST project joins industry partners from different sectors, covering the whole value-chain of NEOBALLAST, into a well-balanced and multidisciplinary team. The project has a business-driven approach, where actions are devised to solve those barriers that may difficult NEOBALLAST quick and extensive market up-take. In this sense, the main steps to attain a successful and effective market uptake are the development of a large-scale production technology to meet expected market demands, the demonstration and validation of NEOBALLAST in real working environment, an effective dissemination across Expert Panel groups to achieve a wide deployment and finally the IPR management, exploitation and commercialization of NEOBALLAST through the creation of a NEWCO constituted by all the project parents.

The management structure joins forces with an Advisory Committee that will provide the Consortium with an independent, end-user centric viewpoint to the direction and relevance of the work as the project. The Advisory Committee will be drawn from three Infrastructure Managers, track contractor organisations, technological platforms and three track expert members of the Academia.


List of deliverables.
Certification of Neoballast Documents, reports 2020-04-02 11:31:47
Potential aggregate suppliers for Neoballast replication Documents, reports 2020-04-02 11:31:55
Media and specialised publications Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-02 11:32:12
Design and construction of the field tests, Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-04-02 10:45:39
LCCA and LCA of Neoballast Documents, reports 2020-04-02 10:45:52
Monitoring of the field tests Documents, reports 2020-04-02 10:45:45
Workshops and training material Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-02 11:32:03
Fairs and technical events Documents, reports 2020-04-02 11:32:22
Website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-19 11:30:43

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of NEOBALLAST deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 K. Smith, S. Govender, N. Manzo, M. Morata, V. Fontserè
Rubber-coated ballast demonstrates improved track resilience
published pages: 52-55, ISSN: 2161-7368, DOI:
International Railway Journal September 2019 | Volume 59 Issu 2020-01-30
2018 M. Sol-Sánchez, F. Moreno-Navarro, M. C. Rubio-Gámez, N. Manzo, V. Fontseré
Full-scale study of Neoballast section for its application in railway tracks: optimization of track design
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-5997, DOI: 10.1617/s11527-018-1167-2
Materials and Structures 51/2 2019-07-19
2016 N. Manzo, A. López-Pita, V. Fontserè, J. A. Casado, I. Carrascal, S. Diego
NEOBALLAST: Seeking the ballast of the future
published pages: 49-61, ISSN: 2174-0194, DOI:
Vía Libre Técnica Number 11, December 2016 2019-07-19

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