The Spanish Observatory for the Hyperloop, an initiative launched by Mafex, the Spanish Railway Association in 2019, aims to address the uncertainties surrounding the Hyperloop system that still need further development by implementing the great experience in high speed that the railway sector has.
The Observatory aims, on the one hand, to boost the capacity of the Spanish railway sector, identify the lines of research and development to provide viable solutions to the different challenges, as well as to support in parallel the legal framework that regulates its possible implementation given this unique market opportunity. On the other hand, through the already proven experience of the Spanish railway sector, it is intended to analyse the technological developments in the field of safety throughout the system and to promote the interoperability of different Hyperloops at European level.
Evidence of this was the first of the virtual conferences planned for this year, organized on 29th April, called “The Spanish railway sector, main driver of the Hyperloop” in collaboration with Juan de Dios, Dr. Industrial Engineer of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Juan Vicén Balaguer, Cofounder & CMO of Zeleros Hyperloop and David Álvarez, Research Engineer at ArcelorMittal. It also involved the General Manager of Mafex, Pedro Fortea, and Garazi Carranza Ruiz de Loizaga, responsible for the Competitiveness and Innovation area of Mafex, as moderator.
During the session it was highlighted that the Hyperloop system is a new mode of transport, complementary to the railway. It is innovative, and it offers a great opportunity for the future, due to its ability to cover, in a sustainable and efficient way, long distances for the transport of passengers and goods. In addition, it should be noted that the vehicle of the system will be composed of capsules that levitate on steel tubes at low pressure at 1,200km/h, which will translate into the use of new materials and a revolution in mobility, since it will allow to connect cities in a few minutes.