The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the U.S. research and development company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have set up a joint venture to transport containers at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h through a tube to and from the Port of Hamburg. Angela Titzrath, CEO of HHLA and Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and founder HTT announced the move at an event in Hamburg on Wednesday (December 5, 2018).
Port of Hamburg as gate to the future
The joint venture aims to develop and market a hyperloop transport system for sea containers. An initial plan foresees setting up a transfer station for test purposes at a Hamburg HHLA terminal and developing a transport capsule for standard sea containers. Titzrath said: “HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing a further component for efficient logistics mobility solutions with the hyperloop transport system in Germany. As a gateway to the future, we want to use innovative approaches to help relieve the burden on the infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities even more efficiently.” And Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation in Hamburg, stressed: “It would be good to develop and try this out here in Hamburg”.
Speeds up to 1,000 km/h
The hyperloop concept is based on transporting people and goods at high speed through a tube. The transport capsules are accelerated to up to 1,000 km/h using magnetic levitation technology in a tunnel with a partial vacuum. A test track for transporting people and goods is currently being built in Toulouse, France. The first test runs in Europe are to be carried out in 2019. The idea of a hyperloop stems from Elon Musk, the U.S. founder of Tesla and SpaceX. HHT uses this concept, but is “independent” of Musk.