In the loop
Dutch outfit Hardt has unveiled its Hyperloop test facility on the TU Delft university campus. The company built the project together with construction firm BAM Infra Nederland and has plans to develop an operational vacuum-based Hyperloop transport system between two cities within four years.
Hardt, TU Delft and BAM are also researching social issues and will study the integration of the Hyperloop into The Green Village on the university campus, a ‘living lab’ which is used as a test bed for innovations built on sustainability.
The partners say the Hyperloop will enable trains to travel at speeds of more than 1,000 kmh through tubes with low air resistance, helping ease the pressure on large cities as workers are able to live outside major metros and commute in rapidly.
Hardt’s founders were part of the Delft Hyperloop team that won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition in LA in January this year.
The Dutch route is one of nine in Europe being considered by the Hyperloop One with Germany, Spain-Morocco and Poland among the candidates.
"For Europe, Hyperloop One technology is complementary to existing highways, rails, ports and overall infrastructure," said Rob Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Hyperloop One. "Hyperloop One will offer Europe's transport grid with an option that is more efficient, greener, on-demand and faster. We've seen a lot of interest here, and we look forward to creating a partnership to enhance the continent's transport infrastructure."
Hyperloop One last year inked an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to evaluate the transportation system for deployment in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Previously the company cut a deal with ports operator DP World to develop a cargo Hyperloop One system at the deepwater Jebel Ali port in Dubai.
Image: Deflt Hyperloop