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CAPinside1 MIN READING TIME2018-12-06

Musks Hyperloop for the Port of Hamburg

Elon Musk, Tesla founder and well-known eccentric, is known for his curious and sometimes simply grotesque ideas. An example of this was the so-called Hyperloop. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, people in tubes should come from one place to another at high speed. Now comes an offshoot of his idea for a test phase to Hamburg. But this is not about the rather dangerous transport of people, but for the beginning to containers to be transported out of the harbor.

It is nothing new that Elon Musk has an idea, but places her in the room for discussion but disappears on further inquiries and prefers to devote to new projects instead of solving real problems. It was the same with the Hyperloop. The concept was interesting: without congestion and caring for the environment, the Hyperloop should be able to transport people at speeds of up to 1200 kilometers per hour. But it was never enough for the details. This was mainly because of the fact that one or the other safety regulations have to be observed when transporting people. Nevertheless, the idea remained and was eventually picked up by other researchers in the field.

Dirk Ahlborn is one of these researchers. He is now managing director of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) and is trying to market his idea in various countries. For Germany he has chosen Hamburg for it. The Hanseatic city is perfect for proving that the Hyperloop system can work - albeit with goods and less with people. In the meantime, he has agreed to cooperate with the Port of Hamburg. For now, it's all about a test track and proof that the Hyperloop can work. But if it does establish itself in the port, technology could turn the cargo industry upside down.

New technology for the Port of Hamburg

By 2021, a test track for the Hyperloop is to be created. This includes a self-propelled capsule and a transfer station for the containers to be transferred with the help of this technology. At 100 meters, the test track will probably be long and with a price of seven million euros very quickly show what is the biggest problem with this new approach to technology so far. Because per kilometer, the inventor believes, the technology would cost in the current state probably about 20 million euros. Well suited for short distances but not profitable for a route network that can cover longer distances.

The technology itself works with magnets and vacuum tubes and, even according to the inventor, is difficult to explain for those who are not specialists. Anyway, that's not the problem. Instead, the biggest challenge is how to embed such technology in the harbor environment. In the future, this problem will not only be solved in Hamburg. In China should also be a test track for the Hyperloop arise. But Hamburg is an important location for the future of these traffic approaches. After all, the biggest freight yard in Europe should have a future and Hyperloop should help.