Within an hour you can reach Naples starting from Venice or Vienna starting from Verona, or go from Venice to Verona in less than a quarter of an hour and from Milan to Venice or from Rome to Verona in 20-25 minutes. Science fiction? No, in a few years this could all be reality. How? Comfortably seated in a sort of subway that moves up to 1,200 km / h. A real revolution in transport and logistics, which will start from Veneto and will be made possible thanks to the new one HyperTransfer supersonic train.
The project uses technology Hyperloopconceived about ten years ago by Elon Musk for the ultra-fast transport of goods and people with bound guide by means of capsules that travel in suspension in steel tubes. The idea of the visionary founder of Tesla was made ‘open source’ in 2013 and in the world there are many companies and communities that are working on it to evaluate its feasibility.
From the USA, to Saudi Arabia, India and Europe, with the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain at the forefront. In Italy, the first to come forward was the Veneto, where a few months ago the Region, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Veneto motorway concessions signed a memorandum of understanding which provides for the first national experimentation of the HyperTransfer project. The first section will connect the motorway section that goes from the Padua freight village to the Venice port, and then later on to Verona and, eventually, extend to Udine and Trieste.
The idea started with the Veneto motorway concession and its need to design a fourth lane. ” With the freight traffic flows that we had forecast for 2030 – explains Cav’s CEO, Ugo Dibennardo – we realized that the fourth lane itself was not enough. So we wanted to do an analysis on what were the possible mobility technologies in the field and we realized that by using Hyperloop we would have increased the bearing capacity of the motorway, with kilometer construction costs equivalent to the cost of widening a motorway lane. ”.
In essence, we would have obtained three great advantages: removing most of the heavy vehicles from ordinary roads because the containers that today travel by road are placed inside the steel tube, increasing the transport capacity of the motorway and considerably reducing its costs. ”. Overall, the cost of the work reaches half a billion euros, of which around 4-5 million for the feasibility study. But Hyperloop technology is also a great advantage for the environment. ” The system – adds Dibennardo – produces energy not only for itself, therefore to make the vector move inside the tube, but also produces energy that it can release on the territory ”.
The tube will in fact be wrapped in solar panels. Regarding the timing of HyperTransfer, the deadline for the expression of interest by international players interested in carrying out the project will expire on 7 June. Based on the offers received, Cav will proceed to identify the partner within the year and, within 6 months, the first model will be developed. ” We count – specifies Dibennardo – by June 2023 to have finished the feasibility study, after which we will proceed with the development of the design for the first 15 experimental kilometers and the creation of a Test Track to obtain all the certifications by 2025 to be able to carry out the first section, which should be operational in 2026 ”.
If all goes as planned, the HyperTransfer system, which allows you to travel a thousand kilometers in just one hour, could be extended to all of Italy in the future, connecting the large backbones ‘via tube’ and revolutionizing national transport. Hoping costs nothing.
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