Abu Dhabi to launch hyperloop feasibility study

Deal between Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and HyperloopTT to study hyperloop link with Al Ain

Tags: Department of Municipal Affairs - Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM)Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) (www.hyperlooptransp.com)TransportationUnited Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi to launch hyperloop feasibility study HyperloopTT aims to achieve a breakthrough in high-speed travel, says Gresta. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 12, 2016

Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) has signed an agreement with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) to investigate connecting Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with a hyperloop system.

Under the agreement, the two will conduct a feasibility study, including route analysis, feasibility studies, and a cost estimate and development schedule. Once these analyses are successfully completed, both DMAT and HyperloopTT will discuss further steps.

In November, Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority announced a deal with another company, Hyperloop One, to investigate hyperloop technology and possible link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The news agreement with HyperloopTT is the only initiative of its kind that has the support of the government of Abu Dhabi.

Proposed hyperloop systems will comprise of a closed vacuum tube, with transport pods propelled by electric motors, and suspended by magnetic levitation or air bearings within the tube, and capable of reaching speeds of 760 miles per hour.

Eng. Khalid Mohamed Hashim, acting executive director of Land Transport Sector at DMAT in Abu Dhabi, said: "Through this agreement with HyperloopTT, we aim to study the feasibility of developing of the first Hyperloop system, which is one of the latest and most advanced transportation technologies that is expected to reach a top speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour. We hope to take advantage of this technology to connect the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, which will result in a travel time of about eight to twelve minutes.

"The reinforcement of connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain is one of the strategic objectives of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, aiming to stimulate economic, social and touristic development between Al Ain and its suburbs and the capital city. In addition to direct benefits, higher connectivity between two largest cities in the Emirates offers numerous indirect benefits, such as less reliance on private vehicles and traditional public transport modes, which means creating sustainable transport that can lessen the negative impact of transport related emissions in the Emirate," he added.

HyperloopTT has an agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which grants the company an exclusive license to use the Laboratory's passive magnetic levitation technology in the Hyperloop. Much of HyperloopTT's development work is being undertaken by engineers working part time for stock options, and collaborating in virtual teams.

Bibop G. Gresta, chairman and co-founder of HyperloopTT said: "We are pleased to cooperate with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport to conduct a study on high-speed travel between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. By leveraging a global team of experts and professionals, we are working to achieve a technical breakthrough in the field of transportation in Abu Dhabi. Our team's collaborative efforts from our offices in the UAE and around the world are focused on delivering humanized mobility through the development of the world's fastest, safest and most energy-efficient transportation solution.

"We see in this agreement a significant opportunity that will allow us to bring to life our vision of providing valuable solutions with a positive impact on safe, rapid and effective transportation. It will result in providing a sustainable solution - reducing the carbon footprint while enriching the lives of people in various communities here in Abu Dhabi.

"This technology is based on the Halbach Array - a pattern of magnets which produces its own electrical current and levitation for the Hyperloop capsules - the next generation of MagLev technology for safe and sustainable transport. HyperloopTT has the exclusive rights to develop this technology because of its international reputation and its extensive corporate and research/development partnerships," he added.

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