Amsterdam’s Schiphol, the third-busiest airport in Europe, has conducted a joint study with Hardt Hyperloop that suggested that up to 12.5 million of its passengers could be using a hyperloop instead of short-haul air flights by 2050 – if they had the option.
The study estimates that by 2050, 73 million people will be using Schiphol to fly to close European destinations, such as Germany, Belgium, France and the UK, and that hyperloop would work as an alternative for 12.5 million of them.
The study says more collaborators are needed if a European hyperloop network is to become a reality. Hardt Hyperloop said it was speaking with "other parties and authorities".
Hardt told the Reuters agency that it had signed an agreement with a major European railway manager, which it declined to name, "to jointly explore potential routes".
Hardt and Schiphol worked with Royal Bam Group, UNStudio, CE Delft, Stibbe, SEO Amsterdam Economics, AirportCreators & Dutch Boosting Group on the study.
Hassan Charaf, Royal Schiphol Group’s head of innovation, said: "The aviation industry has found itself in an unprecedented situation. The recovery will take years, but continuing to invest in innovation and sustainability has great significance.
"We feel it’s important to participate in any promising mobility-related developments to meet the demand for sustainable transport in the future. I am proud we’ve partnered with Hardt to review hyperloop opportunities for a multi-modal hub."
Stefan Marges, Hardt Hyperloop’s study lead, said: "This study shows that hyperloop is a valuable addition to the future transportation landscape. In particular it lays the foundation for hyperloop to become a successful mode of sustainable transport in the years ahead.
"Partnerships, co-development and public-private collaboration are essential to spark such a breakthrough technology."
Hardt was founded in early 2017, and backed by investors including the Dutch national railway and Koolen Industries, a Dutch clean energy conglomerate. The company has since established Europe’s first full-scale hyperloop test facility.
Image: A modular prototype hyperloop station for Hardt Hyperloop designed by UNStudio (UNStudio/Hardt Hyperloop)