Evolving Toward an Affordable Hyperloop Technology: Vacuum transport as a clean alternative to short-haul flights

by | 18. May 2022

Dato: 18. May 2022
11:00 - 12:00

The future transformation of mass transportation is set to fundamentally shape our modern civilization in reducing the global energy consumption from travel and the time needed to move. Evacuated tube transport in airless tunnels is currently viewed as the fastest and cleanest way to cross the earth’s surface. However, as a result of recent marketing hypes, not enough explanation of its core technologies has been provided to understand its feasibility fully. Still, the main challenge is dealing with its high infrastructure needs, which makes the technology difficult to scale up. Even though you can make the ride perfect, you still need enough throughput to pay back the cost of active propulsion and suspension components. This presentation presents a technical path for an affordable subsonic transportation system to speed up future technology implementation.

Presenter bio:
Jonas Kristiansen Nøland (Member, IEEE) was born in Drammen, Norway, in 1988. He received the M.Sc. degree in electric power engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2013, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering physics from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, in 2017. Since 2018, he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

His current research interests include excitation systems, improved utilization of electrical machines, high-power machinery for aircraft applications, hyperloop propulsion and levitation, and transportation electrification in general. He is currently a scientific advisor for the Hyperloop student initiative at NTNU (Shift Hyperloop).

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