Hyperloop One Working on Underwater Freight Conveyer
Hyperloop One is designing an underwater freight conveyor that will move cargo between ships and shore.
The idea is to create docks or ports 10 miles off shore and connect them to land using an underwater Hyperloop, Peter Diamandis told Business Insider. The port would be similar to an offshore off rig.
Such a system would ease overcrowding at busy ports like those of Los Angeles, San Pedro and Long Beach. One major problem facing port authorities is limited space at the docks but an ever growing volume of freight. The problem is a massive one in areas like Southern California where there simply is no room for additional port facilities.
That requires shippers to shift to smaller reports that are farther away. For example some shipments are being shifted from Southern California to the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico which has a direct rail connection to the American Midwest. That is not a great solution because Lazaro Cardenas has been the scene of open warfare between drug cartels and Mexico’s military. Such Hyperloop conveyors would allow the expansion of ports without taking space away from other purposes such as homes or offices.
Diamandis thinks such a system would create a huge real estate boom by freeing up large amounts of beach front property for retail or residential development. Diamandis is a Hyperloop One board member but he is not a member of the company’s executive team. He’s also the CEO of the X-Prize Foundation which provides awards to developers of rocket technology.
Hyperloop One has been in discussion with port authorities around the world about such freight conveyers, Diamandis said. He did not mention any specific ports where systems are planned other but did talk about Long Beach.
Other uses for the underwater Hyperloop would be under rivers like the Mississippi and lakes. For example a line might be built under Lake Ontario to connect Toronto and Buffalo. Another might provide a direct connection between Detroit and Cleveland by passing under Lake Eire.
A long term goal would be Hyperloop lines connecting England and Ireland or England and the European mainland. Here in North America we might one day see a line connecting Cuba and Florida via Key West. A major advantage to underwater Hyperloops would be that they would not vulnerable to hurricanes and other weather on the ocean’s surface. Another is that Hyperloop lines underwater would not interfere with shipping.
A company called FS Links is planning a 200 kilometer stretch of Hyperloop under the Baltic Sea that would connect Finland and Sweden. Hyperloop One has hired a Marine Engineer called Blake Cole who is designing such systems.
First Hyperloop Factory now in Operation
In a related story the world’s first Hyperloop Factory the Hyperloop One Metalworks is in production in North Las Vegas Nevada. The Metalworks is a tooling and fabrication site where the tubes Hyperloop One will use for testing in the area will be assembled.
That will include the components of Devloop the Hyperloop prototype that Hyperloop One hopes to build at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas. Engineers, welders and designers will work at the facility. It isn’t clear who will design the system because Hyperloop One’s Chief Technical Officer Brogan BamBrogan has quit and is suing the company.
The facility is described as a “world class machine shop” that is the size of two American football fields. Operations at the Metalworks began on July 27, 2016, Hyperloop One’s blog reported. Both manufacturing and research and development will go on at the Metalworks.
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