Proposed by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2013, the Hyperloop is a concept in which passenger capsules (pods) float almost silently at speeds close to the speed of sound through a tube at about one-thousandth of atmospheric pressure. In this way, heavily used intracontinental routes could be accomplished faster, more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly manner than with conventional means of transportation.
Based on our conviction to actively and sustainably shape the mobility of the future, we founded the non-profit association mu-zero HYPERLOOP e.V.. We are driven by the conviction that every technical innovation needs social acceptance and sustainable business models to improve the lives of many people. To achieve this, we consider economic, environmental and social aspects of the Hyperloop concept in interdisciplinary concept studies to identify critical issues and provide comprehensive solutions. Future research activities and evaluations of the overall system will be based on the knowledge gained during the development of a working Hyperloop prototype.
With our team from Baden-Württemberg and the support of other student groups from around the world, we are confident that we can overcome all the challenges ahead and change the future of mobility. Together!
"We have planes, trains, automobiles and boats, ... what if there was a fifth mode?"
- Elon Musk
Why do we need a hyperloop?_
A hyperloop is...
Extremely low friction due to low pressure in the tube and a levitation mechanism allow the Hyperloop Pod to reach speeds of over 1000 km/h, making it comparable or even faster than any passenger aircraft currently in use. In addition, the boarding time is very short.
Due to its high energy efficiency, the Hyperloop is significantly more environmentally friendly than other form of public transport. With greenhouse gas emissions ten times lower than those of an airplane, the Hyperloop can help in addressing climate change.
Another advantage of the very low friction in the tube is the high energy efficiency of the Hyperloop system. Together with the energy generated by solar cells on the top of the tube and adequate energy storage, the Hyperloop can be operated completely self-sufficiently.
The Hyperloop can make mobility faster in Europe and all over the world. A trip from Munich to Hamburg that takes six hours by train can be completed in 45 minutes with a Hyperloop. This creates many new opportunities.
HYPERLOOP Routes through germany_
Test it yourself!
With a Hyperloop, long distances could be covered in a very short time. For routes in Germany, one could imagine connecting major cities. For these, the journey with any other means of transport would normally take several hours.
Distance: 800 km
Approx. travel time:
Car 7 h 15 min
Train 5 h 20 min
Airplane 1 h 30 min
Hyperloop 50 min
What we want to achieve
- Evaluation of the overall system of a Hyperloop pod
- Development of a new type of linear induction motor
- Participation in the European Hyperloop Week and SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
- International contact with student teams
- Participation in congresses, think tanks and symposia
- Concept studies, strategy development, etc.
- Data-driven development & workflow automation
- Digital twin
- Establishment of a platform for scientific exchange in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart (unique in BaWü)