Solar-Powered Hyperloop Is Coming, Thanks to MAD and Hyperloop TT

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An eco-friendly, completely sustainable and very efficient version of the Hyperloop is in the works and may be coming to a city near you, sometime in the future. No estimated date has been attached to the proposal yet.
Chinese architecture firm MAD has partnered with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to create the world’s first sustainable tube-based transportation. It would harness solar and wind energies, and would be fast, reliable, eco-friendly and very versatile, according to the MAD press statement.

The tunnels would be outfitted with foldable solar panel skin modules that would power the Hyperloop, and LEDs that would function that interactive information boards. “Bladeless wind turbine forests positioned at certain sections of the HyperloopTT system will harness the vorticity of the wind, creating a main source of power for the transportation network, lowering overall energy costs,” MAD says.

The Hyperloop would be supported on fiberglass pylons situated at 7 meters above ground. This placement comes with a multitude of benefits: the Hyperloop would not impede or otherwise collide with traffic, would not require land acquisitions and would create space below and above for other uses. For instance, MAD suggests that the land below be used for urban farming or recreational parks, while the portion above could be turned into car-free walkways.

Either way, in bustling urban areas, the Hyperloop could be surrounded by green, open spaces and thus help to cut down on the degree of pollution from traffic.

The proposed Hyperloop would be suitable for more than just urban areas, MAD says. It would be extremely versatile, so it could be build in overcrowded cities or rural farmland, but would also work in the desert. It would be “the most advanced low-pressure, high-speed sustainable tube-based transportation in the world, set to connect people and cities that are distances apart at hyper speed, revolutionizing the way we travel.”

MAD does not offer a timeline for the proposal, not even a tentative one. As an idea, the sustainable, solar-powered Hyperloop sounds great, but putting it into practice is an entirely different matter. in other words, don't hold your breath for this one, because it might take a while.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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