In early 2018, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) signed an official agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation supporting a Hyperloop route from Cleveland to Chicago.
Later that year, NOACA signed an official Public-Private Partnership agreement to facilitate a feasibility study for America’s first multi-state hyperloop in the Great Lakes Mega Region with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), a global company with offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
As part of this initiative, a growing number of regional stakeholders including industry leaders, academia, national labs, non-profit, for-profit and government entities formed the Great Lakes Hyperloop Consortium. Members not only support the project, but are committed to making the Hyperloop a reality.
Connecting Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh in just over an hour
America’s first multi-state hyperloop starts in the Great Lakes Megaregion
“We have said from the beginning that the hyperloop will take a movement.
The Great Lakes Hyperloop is by far the largest movement of private and public organizations
working with a hyperloop company to develop a system in the United States.”
- Dirk Ahlborn, Founder and Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies -
WHY GREAT LAKES?
The Great Lakes region has a rich history of innovation, invention and bringing great leaders to the world that have transformed it with their vision. Local dreamers and visionaries like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, and Abraham Lincoln, all left an indelible mark.
The Great Lakes Megaregion is also the gateway to the Midwest and the Northeast, so it seems only fitting that the vision to connect the United States begins here. Connecting a megaregion which boasts over $6 Trillion in annual GDP, is the prospect of the Great Lakes Hyperloop and promises to bring the region’s over-stressed infrastructure into the 21st century.
The Great Lakes Megaregion is also home to five of the top 25 cities in terms of population within Canada and the United States. Every year, the region contributes GDP of more than $1T -- 30% of the nation's annual GDP. In addition, the Great Lakes Megaregion holds one-third of US freight activity and 20% of US employment. Strong manufacturing, raw materials and talented hard-working people also add to the region’s long list of strengths.
GREAT LAKES HYPERLOOP CONSORTIUM
The necessary ingredients to enabling a successful launch of something as transformative as the hyperloop, and sustaining its growth for years to come, includes having a foundation of the best and the brightest across industry, academia and all levels of government. The Great Lakes Megaregion is fortunate to have an abundance of relevant stakeholders from all of these disciplines. The visionaries that have come before are the inspiration for this present day Great Lakes Hyperloop Consortium -- entities bound together with a common purpose of supporting the advancement of a new mode of transportation in the birthplace of aviation.
WHAT IS HYPERLOOP?
The transformative hyperloop is a tube-based inter and intra-city transportation system that moves people and goods at airplane speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Passenger and cargo capsules levitate above a track inside a tube using next-generation electro-magnetic technology and a linear electric motor for propulsion. By creating a low-pressure environment inside the tube using vacuum technology, surface friction is considerably reduced allowing for not only faster speeds, but a safer, cleaner and quieter form of energy-efficient transport. Hyperloop will move passengers and goods between Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh in minutes rather than hours.
HyperloopTT capsules are engineered and designed to create a safe and harmonious environment for the passenger, with customized interiors for use-based experiences. Each capsule is 98 feet in length and can carry 28 to 50 passengers. The system is designed for capsule departures up to every forty seconds making it possible to move 160,000+ passengers and 4000+ cargo shipments a day on one line when at full efficiency.
HyperloopTT has developed a new skin material using carbon-fiber with embedded sensors, called Vibranium™. This new light-weight smart material is eight times stronger than aluminum and ten times stronger than steel alternatives, and transmits critical information regarding temperature, stability, capsule integrity and more.
HyperloopTT reinvents transportation at every stage of the process. We implement intermodal solutions into our design making the station accessible and integrated with existing first and last mile solutions. Leveraging today’s technology, our station aims to provide the next-generation passenger experience. The station is not only a transit hub for the community it serves, but a dynamic urban center as well.
Hyperloop’s efficiency reduces operating costs and increases the overall profitability of the system. Floating on a frictionless magnetic cushion, the capsules move through the low pressure environment, while consuming very little energy en route. Solar panels on the roof and other renewable energy sources will power the system. In addition, with the near-vacuum environment and the passive magnetic levitation, the HyperloopTT system has the potential to be energy net positive.
What is hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities. Proprietary passive magnetic levitation and a linear electric motor combined with a tube environment in which air has been drastically reduced allow the capsules to move at high speed with nearly zero friction.
How did the hyperloop movement start?
Hyperloop is the latest iteration of an ongoing effort to create a high speed tube-based transportation system. Elon Musk presented the project as offering high speed transportation that would be both sustainable and affordable.
In 2013, Musk opened the concept to any company that would take the project forward and develop technologies to build it. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies was the first company founded to develop Hyperloop and make it a reality.
Has this been tried before?
The basic idea, and most of the technology, to make Hyperloop happen has been around for a long time. However, our ability to bring everything together has emerged only recently, supported by the growing interest of government and industry in developing sustainable transportation. Both the time and the technology had to be right, and that time is now.
The progress of many aspects of technology used in Hyperloop has advanced to the point where a profitable system is possible now that would not have been possible even a decade ago. These aspects include advancement in battery technology, solar power efficiency, communications and automated control technology.
Why hyperloop now?
The advantages of Hyperloop travel are transformative as we will be connecting people and goods at high speeds, potentially up to the speed of sound (760 mph | 1223 km/h), allowing people to live further from cities and their jobs, changing travel time from hours to minutes. Hyperloop is faster and easier to board than a commercial airplane and it will solve some of the key long-term challenges faced by modern society: overpopulation, traffic congestion, and pollution.
What is a feasibility study?
A Hyperloop Feasibility Study assesses the technical, financial and regulatory feasibility of a proposed commercial Hyperloop corridor. The study covers the following: Route Options, Travel Demand, Environmental Considerations, Technology, and Financial Scenarios to determine if a proposed commercial Hyperloop corridor is feasible.
Is it safe?
Hyperloop will primarily be built on pylons, using best practices from civil engineering including seismic design and ability to withstand thermal expansion. In addition, it is completely automated with advanced technologies that only require monitoring from humans. The system is electrically powered, with no need for fuel on board, and is protected from the environment. We have developed tiered emergency plans and redundant escape procedures and systems in the event of any incident. The HyperloopTT’s system was deemed “feasible and insurable” by the world’s largest reinsurance company Munich Re.
What about passenger comfort at such high speeds?
Due to its use of passive magnetic levitation and high speed within a controlled and depressurized tube system, there would be no turbulence along the travel, and the capsules would be pressurized to ground level air pressure. The capsules have been designed with special attention to maintaining a high level of passenger comfort throughout the trip, including methods of limiting the force felt by passengers during the critical acceleration and braking phases.
How does hyperloop affect the environment?
Hyperloop produces zero emission. The HyperloopTT system is powered by a combination of alternative energy sources to ensure sustainability. The entire HyperloopTT system has the potential to generate excess energy through solar panels located along the lines and stations, in addition to energy recovered during regenerative braking.
Can the hyperloop be profitable?
Even by conservative analysis the HyperloopTT system can quickly become profitable. It presents the ability to build a mass transit system that would not require government subsidies.
The Hyperloop system would have a low cost of implementation, as compared to other high speed transportation methods. It is a simpler, lighter weight, and less energy intensive system. In regions where road and railway infrastructure is currently scarce Hyperloop can be a leap over 20th century technology directly into the 21st century. In regions with developed infrastructure Hyperloop can easily integrate and complement current and future road and rail networks.
What is Hyperloop Transportation Technologies?
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) was founded in 2013. Today, it’s a global team comprised of more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 50 corporate and university partners. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, HyperloopTT has offices in North & South America, Europe and Asia.
HyperloopTT is led by Dirk Ahlborn (Founder and Chairman) and Andres De Leon (CEO) and a senior management team of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.
The dream of flying at airplane speeds,
just above the ground,
powered by magnets and sunlight,
is not a dream anymore.
America’s first multi-state Hyperloop starts here.
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