The test centre will be in the East of Groningen
The Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and Economic Affairs are granting a subsidy of 4.5 million euros to a consortium of companies and research organizations that is working on a hyperloop transport test centre in Groningen. The money will be used to carry out tests and studies in the yet to be built European Hyperloop Center, near Meerstad, to demonstrate that the hyperloop is a safe and sustainable means of transport. As reported by the GIC.
A hyperloop is a transport system with capsules that can reach a top speed of 1000 kilometers per hour in vacuum tubes. Magnets are used for propulsion and, because the tubes are held in a vacuum, there is no air resistance.
A year ago this week, it was announced that a hyperloop test centre will be built to the east of the city of Groningen, near Meerstad. The hyperloop will soon be able to reach a top speed of 700 kilometers per hour on a three-kilometer-long test track.
Extensive research is carried out in a three-year programme. It must be demonstrated that the hyperloop is a safe, sustainable and commercially viable transport solution, and it will also be examined to what extent the hyperloop is economically ‘interesting’: the question whether the hyperloop creates enough new companies, jobs and economic growth.
Images via the Province of Groningen