Not long ago, the company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) joined the UN Global Compact. On this occasion, it unveiled some images of its very first large-scale trading system.
An intrinsically sustainable system
The Global Compact is a United Nations initiative launched in 2000. It encourages companies around the world to adopt a socially responsible attitude. As explained a statement, the US company HyperloopTT recently became one of the signatories. On the occasion of this signing, she also unveiled some images of his first commercial project concerning the hyperloop, presented as one of the means of transport of the future. According to the company, the goal is to build the most sustainable structure ever built based on the use of renewable energies.
HyperloopTT director Andres De Leon says the system is capable of operating without emissions. It is therefore inherently sustainable. “We were the first to develop technology that was cleaner, but also faster and safer than all other existing modes of transport. Our solution consumes less energy than other modes of transport, which makes it an ideal and economical solution for many regions of the world.“, He explains.
Promises that will have to be kept
HyperloopTT collaborated with Dar Al-Handasah (Dar), a Lebanese consulting company in the design, management and supervision of projects. However, the hyperloop concepts in question here exceed the necessary requirements to obtaining the LEED Platinum certification, a rating system relating to the efficiency of the design and operation of a building according to its environmental impact.
The main structure of the HyperloopTT and its capsule are in fact covered by solar panels. These same panels are optimized for daylight adjustment. In other words, the panels orient themselves automatically according to the displacement of the sun. This system would then ensure operation entirely independent of fossil fuels. This configuration integrates with the whole system for the collection, storage and transfer of energy from the HyperloopTT infrastructure. The goal? Diffuse and receive energy in a flexible way, allowing the adaptation of long distance journeys.
Finally, it should be remembered that HyperloopTT presented its first full-size capsule in 2018. The same year, there was talk of a first commercial prototype in Abu Dhabi (UAE). It remains to be seen where and when the very first commercial project will emerge. It is possible that this is happening in the United States, with HyperloopTT citing a 2019 study by Great Lakes Hyperloop Study. It is estimated that such a system connecting the cities of Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could as well reduce by 143 million tonnes CO2 emissions in the region.