Europe’s first hyperloop a step closer to offering a green alternative to short-haul flights

Source: press release, 27 June 2019

Breakthrough Hyperloop Lane Switch (HLS) technology allows hyperloop vehicles to change from one lane to another without additional or moving components
Breakthrough Hyperloop Lane Switch (HLS) technology allows hyperloop vehicles to change from one lane to another without additional or moving components (illustration: Hardt Hyperloop)

EIT InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), has celebrated the success of its start-up Hardt Hyperloop who have successfully completed 2 years of feasibility tests for Europe’s first hyperloop.

At a “Grand Reveal” event, EIT InnoEnergy backed Hardt Hyperloop revealed a breakthrough Hyperloop Lane Switch (HLS) technology. The lane-switching technology allows hyperloop vehicles to change from one lane to another without additional or moving components. This enables the vehicles to retain their high speeds, effortlessly switch routes, and merge in and out of the network. The completion of the HLS marks both the end of a testing phase and the beginning of a much larger testing facility titled the “European Hyperloop Centre”.

The first test phase assessed fundamental hyperloop technologies including magnetic levitation, low-pressure environments, a propulsion system, cargo/passenger weight simulation, and lane switching technology.

Celebrating at the event Jacob Ruiter, CEO InnoEnergy Benelux says, “The completion of these tests is a milestone for hyperloop technology everywhere. Bringing this technology to market will fundamentally change how we travel, offering a sustainable alternative to short-haul flights as well as shortening journey times in comparison to cars and trains.”

“We are very proud to support Hardt Hyperloop and we will continue to work closely with the consortium to reduce time to market,” continues Ruiter.

Sascha Lamme, Director of Research & Development Hardt Hyperloop adds, “Our constant drive towards a method of transportation that maximises results with the lowest possible amount of energy has once again proven fruitful with our innovative lane switch mechanism.”