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HHLA gears up to unveil virtual reality demonstrator of hyperloop for ports

HHLA gears up to unveil virtual reality demonstrator of hyperloop for ports
HyperPort can move 2,800 containers a day in an enclosed operating environment

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) are ready to present a virtual reality demonstrator of their futuristic HyperPort system in October, which aims to transport cargo at high speed while reducing pollution and port congestion.

The system will now go into certification design review before being presented at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg in October.

The HyperPort system is a plug-n-play solution for port operators capable of transporting containerised cargo hundreds of kilometers in minutes.

According to the partners, it can move 2,800 containers a day in an enclosed operating environment that aims to eliminate at-grade crossings to increase reliability, efficiency and worker safety.

In particular, the system’s capsules can transport two 20 ft standard or high cube containers of one 40 ft of 45 ft container at the speeds of aircraft.

The HyperPort freight capsule, which was designed by Spanish firm Mormedi, is undergoing optimisation in preparation for commercial deployment, along with infrastructure and system components.

Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT, said: “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.

“Our work with world-leading firms to move this technology forward is a significant revenue opportunity for port operators all around the world.”

Gerlinde John, project manager of HyperPort at HHLA, stated: ““The hyperloop technology is suitable for taking the transport of goods to a new level.

“With the HyperPort concept, we are developing an alternative solution to existing transport systems for the goods transport of the future for a fast-growing global market.”

The pre-commercialisation ready technology, developed in collaboration with HHLA and engineering-firm CT Ingenieros, represents over 20,000 detailed engineering hours including conception, analytical models, calculations, trade-off studies, 3D models, overall design optimisations and integrations.