about the hyperloop development program

The Hyperloop Development Program is a public-private partnership, between the Dutch Ministries of Economics & Climate and Infrastructure & Water Management, the Dutch Province of Groningen and a group of industry parties and knowledge and research institutions, dedicated to develop hyperloop as a safe, sustainable and commercially viable mode of high-speed transportation and to bring the hyperloop to commercialization.

For the coming three years The Program aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. To prove the feasibility of hyperloop as a safe and sustainable low-emission method of transport of people and goods.
  2. To test & demonstrate in the European Hyperloop Center Groningen that the technology works as intended (designed) and can be operated safely.
  3. To identify the future prospects and opportunities for industry and stakeholders clustered around the hyperloop ecosystem.

The goals of the Program will address the following comprehensive set of seven key aspects in four Work Groups. The groups focus on several activities such as R&D projects, feasibility studies and the realization of the European Hyperloop Center Groningen.

WG
Cargo

Feasibility

To prove the feasibility of hyperloop as a safe and sustainable low-emission method of transport for people and goods.

WG
Passengers

Feasibility

To prove the feasibility of hyperloop as a safe and sustainable low-emission method of transport for people and goods.

WG
European Hyperloop Center Groningen

Realization

To demonstrate in the European Hyperloop Center Groningen that the technology works as intended (designed) and can be operated safely.

WG
Future Prospects

Marketability

To identify the future prospects and opportunities for industry and stakeholders clustered around the center of excellence of hyperloop.

Research Aspects

During this initial 3-year program, hyperloop research and innovation will be advanced by building up on the following comprehensive set of seven key aspects.

 

Aspects
Safety

Safety

The appropriate level of safety needs to be defined in line with the zero-accidents ambition.

Standards

Standards

Standards are key to create a certified, sustainable, interoperable system and transport network with the appropriate level for safety.

Integration

Integration

Hyperloop needs to be integrated into the physical domain as well as into the mobility system for passengers or the logistics system for goods.

Socio-Economic Costs & Benefits

Socio-Economic Costs & Benefits

Hyperloop routes need to have a positive business case in social, economic, financial and environmental terms to be implemented.

Public Adoption

Public Adoption

The needs and wishes of end-users will be incorporated in the adoption roadmap.

Ecosystem

Ecosystem

The global opportunity of hyperloop implementation and the role that the partners in the ecosystem can play need to be assessed.

Technology

Technology

A test facility and learning center is required to test all the facets for safe operation of hyperloop and to provide answers to questions.