Hyperloop is another step closer to becoming a reality with the announcement of HyperloopTT’s HyperPort concept. It will let port operators transport cargo containers hundreds of kilometers away in just a few minutes.
HyperloopTT (the letters stand for Transportation Technologies) announced this week that its HyperPort, developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburg Hafen und Logistik AG, is going into certification design assessment.
The HyperPort is a “sustainable high-speed cargo and freight solution capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while decreasing pollution and congestion at ports worldwide,” a press assertion from the company reveals.
According to a report by Freight Waves, the long-term objective of each firm is to disrupt the global logistics business, which is estimated to develop to $12 trillion by 2023.
In the shorter term, the firms are preparing to build a VR demonstrator that will be introduced later this year from October 11 to 15 at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg.
Even though this does not reflect any development regarding HyperloopTT’s capsule transport system, it gives an idea of its capacity to affect the whole industry.
The HyperPort system will efficiently move 2,800 containers per day at speeds of up 600 km/h (327 mph), meaning the HyperPort allows “airplane speeds at freight costs,” HyperloopTT says in a publication.
The HyperPort freight capsule was conceived by Madrid-based Mormedi, with a stance to rule the cargo transport industry using hyperloop technology.
“HyperPort capsule, infrastructure, and system components are currently undergoing optimization in preparation for commercial deployment,” says HyperloopTT.
One of the major gains of this cargo monster is that it can free up seaside real estate that would else be used for shipping ports.
“Using the same underlying technology as our passenger systems, the HyperPort can future-proof supply chains while returning valuable seaside real estate back to surrounding communities,” said Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT.
The HyperPort would be an in-land built system connecting via roads to move easily from port to the city like rail freight cargo.
Back in 2018, HyperloopTT launched its first full-scale passenger hyperloop capsule called “Quintero One” after being in the industry for five years.
The idea of the Hyperloop was initially instigated by Robert H. Goddard’s vactrain concept in 1904. However, Elon Musk was the one to push the idea further into the possibility of becoming a reality when he talked about the “fifth mode of transport” called hyperloop at a conference in California in 2012.
Have a glance at HyperloopTT’s video showing off its HyperPort idea below.