Spain-based hyperloop company Zeleros has announced the support of three key players in its bid to accelerate the development of its 1,000kph transport system in Europe.
The three partners – Acciona, transport engineering group CAF and sustainable energy accelerator EIT InnoEnergy – will provide knowledge in key areas in the development of hyperloop: infrastructure, vehicle and the industrial development framework, at European level.
Acciona, a global developer of sustainable infrastructures, led the new round of investment by the Valencian company, and will contribute its experience and technical knowledge in the construction of high-speed transport lines, having carried out projects of this type in Spain and Italy. In Norway, it is building the longest railway tunnels in the Nordic countries as part of the Follo Line high-speed railway project.
“This initiative is aligned with the concept of sustainable mobility that we defend at Acciona and for this reason we have decided to support it. I believe that our know-how, together with our extensive experience of the company in rail transport, will bring great added value to this project,” said Telmo Pérez Luaces, innovation director of Acciona’s infrastructure division.
The partners join a burgeoning team of more than 180 professionals and 50 organisations involved in making Zeleros’ hyperloop system a reality.
In February 2021, the company announced that it is working with aeronautical giant Airbus to test its electric propulsion system, and a few weeks ago the construction of a pilot project for its linear motor system used in hyperloop to decarbonise logistical operations in ports and airports.
“At Innoenergy, we firmly believe in the potential of Zeleros’ technology to connect the world in a matter of minutes and in a sustainable way, and we will support the creation of a robust ecosystem at European level”
Europe has established what it claims is the world’s first hyperloop standardisation committee and has a powerful ecosystem as showcased by the Hypernex project promoted by the European Commission’s Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.
“At Innoenergy we firmly believe in the potential of Zeleros’ technology to connect the world in a matter of minutes and in a sustainable way, and we will support the creation of a robust ecosystem at European level,” said Josep Miquel Torregrosa, EIT InnoEnergy Iberia business creation director.
The Spanish Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Transport have also announced plans for the creation of the first European test track in Spain and associations such as Mafex, International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Railway Innovation Hub have been involved, detecting synergies with the railway sector.
The Z01, its model hyperloop vehicle, will be displayed at the Spain Pavilion of Expo Dubai (United Arab Emirates, UAE) from October 2021 to March 2022.