HyperPort is designed to transfer 2,800 containers a day between a seaport and an inland location via a hyperloop.
The US research and development company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) will present a “virtual reality demonstrator” for their HyperPort concept at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg this October. This will serve as a model for the transport of containers in seaport-hinterland traffic using Hyperloop technology.
The companies have been working on the technical concept for the past two and a half years, after entering into a cooperative agreement in 2018. “The goal is to increase the capacity and efficiency of container terminals while reducing the environmental footprint and congestion at ports worldwide,” they stated.
The “construction-based virtual reality demonstrator" to be presented at ITS in Hamburg is the next step in the development process.
“HyperPort was developed based on current industry standards and is a plug-and-play solution for port operators. The concept makes it possible to transport containerised goods at high speed over hundreds of kilometres. The system can reliably, efficiently and safely move up to 2,800 containers a day in a closed operating environment, without traffic or environmental influences. The individual HyperPortTM transport capsules provide room for two 20-foot or one 40- or 45-foot standard or high cube container,” the companies said.
The project involves several companies. The transport capsules were designed by the Spanish industrial design company Mormedi, while the technology was developed in cooperation with the Spanish engineering firm CT Ingenieros and is said to be “construction-ready”.
“Using the same underlying technology as our passenger systems, the HyperPort can future-proof supply chains and simultaneously relieve the burden on port regions,” said Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT. “Our work with world-leading firms to move this technology forward is a significant revenue opportunity for port operators all around the world.”
“At HHLA, we know that to prepare for the future you must innovate,” said Gerlinde John, Project Manager HyperPortTM at HHLA. “The Hyperloop technology is suitable of taking the transport of goods to a new level. With the HyperPort concept, we are developing an alternative solution to existing transport systems for the goods transport of the future in a fast-growing global market.”