A New Hyperloop Train Will Connect European Cities By 2021
The Hyperloop train is a technology first developed by Elon Musk back in 2013. Its principle is somewhat simple by allowing the train to travel through a tube, or a tunnel and thus eliminate friction, among other things. One such Hyperloop train could travel at speeds over 1,126 k/h (700 mph). There are such projects already in the works in Los Angeles, Canada, and Dubai.
More recently, however, some countries in Europe have also agreed to go down this high-speed road. Initially, it was Slovakia and the Czech Republic who agreed to build this Hyperloop design, and now the Netherlands are joining in too.
A team from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) was this year’s winner of SpaceX’s competition to develop the next generation of Hyperloop trains. The Dutch team has already begun building their testing center and have partnered up with a tech startup known as Hardt Global Mobility. They’ve also partnered up with NS, the Dutch national railway company, as well as the BAM construction company. The first step of the project is to build the 100-foot long tube which will be used for testing.
“In this facility, we will test all systems that don’t require high speeds,” Hardt CEO Tim Houter told Reuters. “So think about the levitation system, but also the propulsion system, but really important, all the safety systems will be tested in this low-speed but full-scale testing facility.”
This first round of testing has already received some $675,000 in funding. But more than that will be needed if they want to have a Hyperloop system up and running between Paris and Amsterdam by 2021. In any case, we wish them all the best in achieving their goals with as little resistance as possible.
In the meantime, it is also important to mention that the Dutch national railway company, NS is running completely on renewable energy as of this year. This stands to show just how committed they are to improving both the quality of transportation as well their impact they have on the environment. A second worthy mention, even though it doesn’t have anything to do with this project here is the MADE Collective who proposed for the US government, that instead of building a wall between the US-Mexico border, they should instead build one such Hyperloop train system.