Magtor is a Malta-based group with a presence in the Principality of Monaco and with its R&D and Engineering facilities in Austria. A team of a dozen people is currently involved in the Magtor project.
Started in 2011 with an “out of the box” idea, the “Magtor adventure” reached its first major milestone in 2015 with the delivery of a proven generation of the Magtor drive, the constitution of a worldwide intellectual property portfolio, including over fifty patents and patent applications, as well as the creation of a bespoke, computer-based simulation framework allowing the sizing and engineering of the Magtor drive to any given specification and for any application.
Between 2016 and 2018, Magtor focused on optimising performance together with the development of control software for the Magtor Linear Drive. In parallel, a fully refined test bed, using air as the braking mechanism (motor load), was developed, built and commissioned.
This development phase resulted in mid-2018 in the Air Magtopressor Proof of Concept, which was stabilised at the beginning of 2019. It offers unprecedented levels of efficiency even though it does not yet incorporate all best practices and know-how of the compression industry; it is, however, sufficiently mature to be compared to end compressor products available in the market.
Now focused on the development of Magtor-driven compressor end products, Magtor is in parallel expanding the scope of its current proof of concept to cover additional applications within the up to 500W power range, while upscaling (power ranges up to 1.5kW) and downscaling (50W to 200W) the Magtor drive capabilities to widen the range of applications for the Magtor technology.
Although air compression is a first milestone for Magtor, the medium-term goal is to bring Magtor efficiencies to climate control engineering allowing products such as fridges, heat pumps and air conditioning units to become 30+% more efficient.