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One of the most exciting concepts for fast and clean transportation is the Hyperloop. Tesla and SpaceX developed an open-source vactrain design, which Elon Musk released in a whitepaper in 2013. He proposed Hyperloop Alphato connect Los Angeles with San Francisco. With a proposed speed of 760 mph, the Hyperloop would zip people back and forth in 35 minutes. Commercial jets “only” go 460 to 575 mph.
The Hyperloop employs a sealed tube or tubes that allow a pod to travel without air resistance or friction using a combination of negative pressure and magnetic forces. However, the idea to move people in pneumatic tubes isn’t a new one. It goes back to the 19th century when a tube system was demonstrated in New York City in 1867.
At its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX built an approximately 1-mile long sub-scale track to host its pod competition, challenging teams of students to come up with the best design of a high-speed pod.
By releasing a whitepaper on the Hyperloop and not making the concept proprietary, Musk also opened up the playing field to other companies to advance the technology. One of those is Hardt Hyperloop, with ambitious plans to bring a functioning Hyperloop to Europe.
Dutch engineer Tim Houter, co-founder and CEO of Hardt Hyperloop, leads the company in its charge to get its first commercial Hyperloop line operating by 2028. Perhaps appropriately, Hardt Hyperloop was formed from a team of students that won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2017.
Test track up and runningHardt Hyperloop just announced the operation of a 30-meter long Hyperloop test track in Delft in the Netherlands — the first in Europe. The company’s system incorporates Hyperloop Lane Switch (HLS) technology, a breakthrough that allows hyperloop pods to change lanes and easily switch routes to merge in and out of network at high speeds. And, Hardt Hyperloop achieved this result without additional components.
“After 2 years of research and hard work we are the first in Europe to complete a functional hyperloop system,” said Mars Geuze, CCO Hardt Hyperloop. “Not only that, we have developed a lane-switching mechanism that allows us to build a hyperloop network in the near-future.”
The company acknowledges that it wouldn’t have been able to complete the functioning Hyperloop system without support. It gives credit to its international partners, which include Tata Steel, Dutch companies Royal BAM Group and Goudsmit Magnetics, German corporations Busch and Continental, Italian Prysmian Group, and Swiss technology leader, ABB.
Competition to spur developmentHouter welcomes the competition from other companies developing Hyperloop technology, including Canadian startup Transpod and U.S. based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). In fact, Houter said he signed an agreement with other initiatives in the space to boost collaboration. With the scale and expense of building a Hyperloop, Hardt recognizes it would be smart to have those in the space working together to create standardized technology across the industry.
In addition to (more) private money from investors such as InnoEnergy, which put up more than $5.5 million, Hardt Hyperloop will also need public support to enter the next phase. It plans to launch a new high-speed testing center for passengers and cargo by 2021.
The Hardt Hyperloop could unite the European Union with an efficient, affordable and eco-friendly mode of high-speed travel—something that hasn’t been achieved before. It could take the place of short-haul flights that are time consuming, expensive and have a high carbon footprint.
This article first appeared on ride.tech
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