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HyperloopTT will bring the ultra high-speed transport system to
life, says Gresta.

HyperloopTT 'working on Abu Dhabi project'

DUBAI, November 6, 2017

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (TT) said it is currently working on eight projects in major cities across the globe including Abu Dhabi (UAE), the French city of Toulouse, Jakarta (Indonesia), Seoul (South Korea) and the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

"This new transportation system will revolutionise the way we travel. Imagine Abu Dhabi to Al Ain in 15 minutes or Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 12 minutes. HyperloopTT is bringing the ultra high-speed transport system to life. It is coming, and it is real," confirmed Bibop Gresta, the chairman and co-founder of HyperloopTT, ahead of his presentation at the upcoming Big 5 construction expo.

Gresta will deliver a keynote speech titled “Hyperloop is real: how will the Hyperloop idea be brought to life?” at the Excellence in Construction Summit to be held on the sidelines of The Big 5 on November 26.

"The first passengers will be able to travel in a Hyperloop 36 months after the conditional permit approval," he stated.

"Hyperloop is safe, fast and efficient: the drastic reduction of air in the tube along with magnetic levitation and electric propulsion allows capsules to move through the tube with nearly zero friction, accelerating to airplane speeds on the ground," he added.

“Speed is what I call ‘a very nice consequence’ of the Hyperloop, but efficiency is probably the best outcome of this new technology,” remarked Gresta.

"The feasibility studies we are conducting prove that the Hyperloop transportation system is not only doable, but also sustainable and profitable," he added.

While high-speed trains are energy intensive, the Hyperloop system can produce more energy than it consumes, using a combination of renewable energy sources including solar, wind and kinetic, explained Gresta.
Hyperloop’s efficiency also consists in being able to transport passengers in capsules comfortably and quickly, he added.

Based on initial studies, building a Hyperloop will cost between $20 and $40 million per km. Looking at the cost per passenger, this technology proves very competitive, being as low as $5 per person.

"The Hyperloop can repay the initial investments in 8-10 years, depending on where you build it," remarked Gresta.

"Moreover, while high-speed trains or rails in general face some real issues in the local climate, with great temperature excursion and sand, the HyperloopTT system is completely protected from any external environment agent," he pointed out.

Gresta said: "People are shielded in a vacuum system that is air-conditioned, and we can guarantee throughput no matter what happens outside. This simply could be the safest transportation system ever invented by humans."

According to him, regulation was Hyperloop’s number one challenge today.

“We are currently developing the regulation and certification framework that this new system needs, in cooperation with a certification agency, an insurance company and governments,” added Gresta.

Josine Heijmans, the portfolio event director of The Big 5, said: "We’re extremely proud to host the co-founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies at The Big 5 this year."

"Bringing together under one roof visionaries and forward-thinking leaders, the Excellence in Construction Summit will support the development of strategic innovation in the built environment in the GCC region and beyond," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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