Construction firm BAM has teamed up with HARDT Global Mobility to build first hyperloop test facility in Europe.
Previously, both the firms have conducted an economic feasibility study for a hyperloop on the Zuiderzeelijn route. The firms will initially build a 30m long test facility sufficient for testing the most critical systems of the hyperloop at low speed.
HARDT Global Mobility CEO Tim Houter said: “Thanks to the cooperation with BAM, Europe’s first hyperloop test facility will be realised, which enables us to learn a lot about new technologies.
“Our aim is the realisation of a fully operational multiple kilometre test track within four years. The experience that this first test facility will provide will be an enormous contribution to the development of actual hyperloop networks in the near future.”
BAM CEO Van Wingerden added: “Creating a construction portfolio for the future is one of the pillars of the BAM strategy, ‘Building the present, creating the future’. Innovation is a critical part of that.
“Being able to realise our ambitions requires us to invest in new technology and to enter into partnerships with innovative, entrepreneurial partners like HARDT Global Mobility. Therefore we like to leverage the expertise and experience present within BAM for the creation of this first hyperloop test facility in Europe.''
Hyperloop is an energy efficient mode of transport that allows people and cargo to travel at 1,080km per hour through very low pressure tubes.