Zeleros is a European company leading the hyperloop development, already considered as "the fifth means of transportation". Its focus on the vehicle optimization allows to reduce infrastructure costs and to operate at safer pressures for the passengers. Zeleros has already raised substantial private and public support, and is currently preparing the construction of its own 2-kilometer test-track.
“Transport accounts for around a 33% of all final energy consumption in Europe and for more than 20% of greenhouse gas emissions” states the European Environment Agency. With growing population and commercial activity this situation is predicted to escalate. As a result, the modern economies (European Union included) are setting as a priority the optimization of transport systems by fostering novel energy-efficient, zero-emission mass transit systems.
There is where the business opportunity for "hyperloop" arises. Combining the speed of an airplane, the convenience of a train and the frequency of a bus, the hyperloop aims to reduce distances between cities and logistic hubs by means of all-electric vehicles levitating at 1000 km/h inside low-pressure tubes.The concept comes from a two-hundred- year-old idea developed by George Medhurst, but due to technological complexity it didn’t succeed. With the technological advances in magnetic levitation, electric aircraft propulsion, high-speed automation, ultra-high vacuum, navigation systems and civil engineering, the limit is not the technology anymore.
In 2013, Elon Musk popularised the concept by organising a student competition and studies from entities such as NASA or SpaceX revealed that hyperloop systems would have a lower infrastructure cost than magnetic levitation ("maglev") and even high-speed rail technologies while increasing considerably the speed and convenience of current systems.
Combining the speed of an airplane, the convenience of a train and the frequency of a bus, the hyperloop aims to reduce distances between cities and logistic hubs by means of all-electric vehicles levitating at 1000 km/h inside low-pressure tubes.
Zeleros has designed an innovative hyperloop transport solution that outperforms current transport systems in costs and energy efficiency, achieving speeds above 1000 km/h with reduced operation costs thanks to the use of renewable energies, magnetic levitation and near-vacuum conditions. Zeleros' differential approach relies in the integration of the main technologies (specially levitation and propulsion) in the vehicle reducing infrastructure complexity, which leads into lower costs per kilometer, lower infrastructure operation costs and easier maintenance.
Nowadays, there are about six companies in the world developing similar systems. However, most of them have complex tracks, which lead to the same problem as the maglev: high infrastructure costs which limit the scalability. Moreover, the operating pressures for the aforementioned systems are low, similar to the one present in space. These environment could mean serious risks for the human body in case of accident. With Zeleros' solution the system can work between at aerospace pressure levels, which reduces risks and complexity, being compatible with aircraft industry standards and commercial solutions.
By means of the combination of a vehicle-centric design with disruptive levitation and propulsion systems working at safe pressure levels, Zeleros is able to reduce infrastructure complexity, resulting in potential infrastructure costs. In terms of energy-efficiency, the combination of renewable energy use for infrastructure operation and the reduced friction environment enable reduction in energy requirements with respect to maglev system.
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