Hop on the hyperloop! Dutch hyperloop receives €15 million funding boost

Does swooshing through low-pressure tubes, powered by an entirely electromagnetic propulsion system sound futuristic to you? Well, then the future just got one step closer!

This week, the Dutch company Hardt Hyperloop received a €15 million investment from Brussels to speed up the process of realising a hyperloop network.

Not only is that a lot of money but it also shows that the European Commission really believes the hyperloop could be the future of sustainable high-speed travel.

Hold on a second, what even is a hyperloop?

A hyperloop is the new public transport. Forget expensive and polluting flights. Forget slow but less-polluting trains. The hyperloop is an energy-efficient and CO2 neutral form of high-speed travel. 😎

Like almost any sci-fi movie you’ve ever watched about future cities, the hyperloop will transport you from A to B in an autonomous vehicle travelling at high speed through metal pipes.

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Investment boost to the European Green Deal

The investment technically comes from the European Innovation Council, which has awarded funding to a number of companies that are leading the way with world-changing innovations.

However, it’s also a step towards realising the European Green Deal β€” and hence the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. πŸ™Œ

The co-founder of Hardt, Tim Houter, says the support from Brussels “will help to accelerate the development of a European hyperloop network, bringing us much closer to significant CO2 savings. European cities will be connected smarter, faster and cheaper.”

READ MORE | Hyperloop Could Be the Future of Travel. This is What the Station Might Look Like

Of course, it also has a snazzy and sleek interior. Image: Hyperloop Development Foundation/Plomp/Supplied

Groningen will soon be home to the European Hyperloop Center

The €15 million will also be noticed in Groningen where a so-called Hyperloop Centre is on its way. There, a test facility will prove the hyperloop’s advantages in action.

Importantly, the Groningen test facility is due to demonstrate lane-switching for high-speed hyperloop in 2023. And while lane-switching may not sound revolutionary, it’s the key to a hyperloop network in Europe that’ll take you on vacation in France (or wherever) without any intermediary stops. Pretty neat, honestly.

What do you think of a European hyperloop network? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Hyperloop Development Foundation/Plomp/Supplied

Christine Stein Hededam πŸ‡©πŸ‡°
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafΓ©s (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).


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