Heralding a new era in container transportation: All eyes on Hyperport


Futuristic mobility that is all set to be in motion, Hyperloop has completely evolved as a real gamechanger in the transportation of passengers, while Hyperport is all set to redefine freight transport, with the ability to propel passenger or cargo pods at speeds of over 1000 km/h, which is 3x faster than high-speed rail and more than 10x faster than traditional rail, in addition to its commitment towards sustainability. Read on to be all aboard the Hyperport and its world of possibilities.

Hyperloop is the new buzz word that is revolutionising the concept of ground transportation. Designed to float on air skies using the same basic idea as an air hockey table, hyperloop is from the traditional rails.

These pods are being heavily invested upon by companies and travel through tubes or tunnels from which most of the air has been removed to reduce friction. This allows the pods to travel in a swifter motion, 750 miles per hour while carrying passenger traffic.

The much-hyped hyperloop, a concept earlier introduced for the passenger side, is now one step closer to becoming a reality with the announcement of HyperloopTT’s HyperPort concept, which will be used for freight transportation.

What is Hyper Port?

HyperPort is a sustainable high-speed cargo and freight solution which is capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while also keeping a check on the pollution and congestion at ports worldwide. The system which is developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburg Hafen und Logistik AG, is said to be going into certification design review.

At present, as part of its short term concept, the companies are developing a VR demonstrator that will be presented at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg later this year from October 11-15.

HyperPort: All set to revolutionise the Cargo industry

Engineered to current industry standards, the new concept is a plug-n-play solution for port operators who are capable of transporting containerised cargo hundreds of kilometres away, in minutes. It will be capable of sustainably moving 2,800 containers per day at speeds of up 600 km/h (327 mph).

The new system is considered to give the Airplane speed at the price of freight cost. It is potentially two or three times faster than high-speed rail and has 10 times the speed of regular rail services. Also, it is more energy efficient as the track doesn’t need to provide power to the pods continuously. Furthermore, the pods can leave every 30 seconds, and this makes it an on-demand service. Such exceptional speed makes it very well in sync with the changing consumer demand and the rising concept of same day deliveries.

“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,” says Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT.

HyperPort freight capsule which are designed by Madrid-based Mormedi, with a view to disrupting cargo transport using hyperloop technology, will be built inland and connect to roads in order to move cargo from the hyperloop port to the city. The pods will run in the same vein as rail freight cargo.

Quicker and cheaper to build as compared to traditional high-speed rail, the concept can also be leveraged to take the pressure off the roads, making inter-city travel easier, and potentially unlocking major economic benefits as a result.

Earlier, in 2018, HyperloopTT unveiled Quintero One, the first full-scale passenger hyperloop capsule, five years after the company was founded in 2013.

The hyperloop was inspired by Robert H. Goddard’s vactrain concept in 1904, though the recent race to commercialize high-speed pod transportation was kickstarted by Elon Musk when he shared his thoughts on creating a “fifth mode of transport” called hyperloop at a conference in California in 2012.

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