BE2C2 Report — Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and the Abu Dhabi government are due to release a feasibility study into using the high-speed transit system in emirate “soon”, according to the company’s founder and chairman.
ITP.net reported that the feasibility study about the high-speed transit system technology is the largest of its kind.
The proposed hyperloop transport system under study will be capable of reaching speeds up to 760 miles per hour.
Bibop Gresta, founder and chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), said the firm has deals with eight countries to implement the system, including land for two test tracks, one each in France and India.
“We are the only company that has actually signed deals with governments, we have conducted feasibility studies all over the world, and we have three nations waiting to give us the go to build the first one,” Gresta said.
HyperloopTT’s study with the Abu Dhabi government covers “many aspects of the project”, Gresta reportedly explained.
Topics covered in the study include “alignments, financials, economic viability, sustainability, and the impact on [the UAE’s] Vision 2030”.
He continued: “In Abu Dhabi, we are particularly proud because we conducted a feasibility study that is the biggest study on a hyperloop system.
“The government really challenged us, to demonstrate that hyperloop is feasible in all possible aspects.”
A “big announcement” would be made by the government to reveal the study’s findings, Gresta revealed at GITEX Technology Week 2017 in Dubai.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) announced plans for the feasibility study last December, following an agreement with HyperloopTT.
“We hope to take advantage of this technology to connect the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, which will result in a travel time of about eight to 12 minutes,” said Eng Khalid Mohamed Hashim, acting executive director for DMAT’s land transport sector.
HyperloopTT was founded based on Elon Musk’s hyperloop proposal, which describe how a low-pressure tube transport system could carry passengers and freight at speeds up to 760mph.
HyperloopTT has been created on a crowdsourcing model, with engineers and research staff donating their time to the project in return for stock. Gresta says that so far over 920 experts in 40 countries have contributed over 70,000 hours of engineering expertise to the project.