Chinese Firm to Develop Solar-Powered Hyperloop System
The hyperloop may still be a product of science fiction today. However, this doesn’t mean that people have already left the concept on the shelf.
In fact, there are already scientists and researchers who are on their way to realizing the hyperloop. The firm MAD, a Chinese architecture company, announced that it is developing the technology that could serve as a foundation for hyperloop.
Currently, they labeled their design as “eco-friendly,” which could signify that their prototype is still anchored in technologies that adhere to sustainability and alternative energy sources. Specifically, the firm mentioned that their hyperloop would utilize wind and solar as its primary driving force.
MAD already announced to the public that it is working hand-in-hand with the US-based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The goal of this partnership is to kickstart the creation of a sustainable design that will help in improving the connectivity of people and cities. The design of the hyperloop that they published highlights the inclusion of wind turbine forests and solar panels.
“MAD’s design demonstrates how the artificial can merge with nature through new urban infrastructure, that while transforming the future of travel, also has the ability to reshape the way we plan and use public space,” said the Chinese firm in a statement.
To be more specific, the tunnel is where the passenger pods will pass through would be integrated and studded with “bendable solar panel skin modules.” The latter will ensure that the entire system of the hyperloop is always in power. The innovative solar panel system will also optimize the interactiveness of the transport system.
As was mentioned earlier, this particular hyperloop will also utilize wind energy on its operation. The system will be outfitted with bladeless wind turbine forests to maximize its stability. These wind-harnessing forests will be erected alongside the transport channel of the pods. Moreover, the company stated that the inclusion of wind in the equation would regulate the cost of running the hyperloop.
Meanwhile, the very hyperloop will have an intricate construction. According to the design of MAD, it is clear that they will be using fiberglass pylons that will provide support to the pods. These fiberglass pylons will be used to erect and elevate the track of the hyperloop of around 7 meters from the ground. It is a necessary feature, as said by the company. If the tracks are elevated, the chances of having road collisions would be nixed. It will also make the transport system resilient from ground road traffic.
MAD indicated that fiberglass pylon would also serve as crop-growing facilities. They want to spread the importance of urban farming in addressing the shortage of food and resources.
The space below the track will not be used as roads. Instead, it will be utilized as an open space where people can walk and stay. It will feature an environmentally-sensitive set up so that it can be maximized as a public space. If possible, the company would want to explore the idea of using the space for urban farming to enhance the productive side of the advanced transport system.
Furthermore, MAD is also planning to integrate green walkways alongside the roof of the tunnels of the hyperloop. These walkways will be free from any form of vehicles and will just be used for walking.
As of now, it is not clear where MAD will implement or construct the said hyperloop. Despite being a Chinese company, it did not specify that it will build the transport system in China. According to them, this design is applicable anywhere. Whether it is on metropolitan or a rural setting, the hyperloop technology is expected to work well.
The modern world is not a stranger to the idea of a futuristic transportation system. But considerably, the hyperloop is still new. It was first introduced by SpaceX and Tesla back in 2012. Since then, it became a popular concept. Many countries and cities around the world are already trying to develop the system.
However, one of the significant impediments as to why it can’t be materialized is the expense that comes with it. The technology that is necessary to create a hyperloop is already available. But on the flip side, they are not that affordable. Furthermore, political and bureaucratic interests also get in the way.