The technology created by the Hyper Poland startup enjoys growing interest not only in the Polish government, but also in many European countries. The Polish HyperLoop is getting closer to realization.
The Poles intend to implement in Poland the idea of a super-fast railway of the future, which was introduced by Elon Muska several years ago. And this is due to the great success that people from Hyper Poland achieved with their project in the very popular British equity crowdfunding platform called Seedrs. Let us remind you that the Poles gathered as much as 130 percent of the assumed amount, or over one million PLN (around 232,000 Euro).
But it is not everything. Now we find out that the National Center for Research and Development in the Fast Track competition will co-finance Polish HyperLoop with an amount of up to 16.5 million PLN (around 3,8 million euro). The funds are to be used for research and development on drive and suspension to all three stages of technology development presented. A talented team consisting of 25 ambitious young engineers from the Warsaw University of Technology and the Wrocław University of Technology who is supported by many specialists from Poland and the whole world, as never before, has the chance to realize his beautiful vision.
Hyper Poland informs that the amount will also be used to build test benches, linear drives and based on magnetic levitation. The tests are to take place in Żmigród, within the premises of the Railway Institute, which also supports young engineers with its experience. The company is the only company in the world developing technology for adapting traditional railway tracks to the HyperLoop system. This is to allow the use of the infrastructure already existing in the country and to build the first commercial section of the future railway much faster and cheaper.
Startup informs that the prototype of the capsule on a scale of 1: 5 and weighing 80 kilograms is to be built in the first half of this year. The demonstration track is to be 48 meters long and will be built in Warsaw. In the next phase of the project’s development, a section of 500 meters will be built near Żmigród. This will be the introduction to the development of your Hyperloop concept. Engineers plan that the first pilot tests will start in 3 to 5 years. Ultimately, the entire route will connect Warsaw with Łódź and Wrocław. At the beginning, it will offer transports of goods for companies and courier companies at speeds of 300 km/h and 600 km/h, and ultimately 1,200 km/h.
“We are starting a completely new stage, which will soon be the first rail vehicle in Central and Eastern Europe that will be able to navigate using the phenomenon of passive levitation,” said Przemysław Pączek, president of Hyper Poland. “By building our own Hyperloop system, building our own Hyperloop system, Poland will become a technology exporter, we will be able to sell a license for this technology in the future, and not to buy it abroad as it usually does. The implementation of a vacuum system, even the initial one, in the form of the Intelligent Logistic Platform, gives Polish entities and enterprises the opportunity to provide technologies that will have some impact on other sectors of the economy, such as transport, aviation or astronautics “- said Łukasz Mielczarek, development of Hyper Poland infrastructure.
The Lithuanian millionaire Vladas Lašas, a private friend of Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin and owner of Virgin Hyperloop One, which is a pioneer in the development of Hyperloop technology in the United States, also cooperates with Hyper Poland. Poles, however, develop their technology that is adapted to our reality, which will greatly facilitate the construction of the future railways in Poland.
Poles propose the construction of a 415-kilometer route connecting Wrocław with Warsaw. If it is created, the journey from the capital of Lower Silesia to the capital of Poland will take only 20 minutes. Specialists believe that the construction of Hyperloop in the passenger-and-freight version will be much cheaper to operate from high-speed rail, so it is worth investing in it now. The biggest savings can be made on energy. Hyperloop capsules at 600 km/h will consume as much energy as high-speed train at 300 km/h.
Representatives of Hyper Poland believe that in Poland the first utility freight route between Warsaw and Wrocław will be built after 2025, while passenger will be built in about 10 years. Other routes are also planned, such as Warsaw-Krakow, Berlin-Poznań-Łódź, and even Warsaw-Białystok-Kaunas-Riga.