Hyperloop is an innovative new form of electric mass passenger transport. It shares technology with Elon Musk’s other projects, thanks to talent drawn from Tesla and SpaceX. Hyperloop comprises a sealed tube through which a ‘train of pods’ on air-bearing skis travels free of air resistance. A battery-powered compressor fan moves air pressure from the front to rear to maintain momentum. A Hyperloop battery decision is now pending regarding the final choice of power-pack provider.
The electric motive force comprises magnetic linear accelerators and brakes outside the tube. These transfer momentum to the capsules via on board rotors, while allowing the vehicles to levitate while moving.
Work has been ongoing for some to finalize the on-board energy storage system. But this has now reached the point where they can test a prototype as input to their long-awaited battery purchasing decision.
The Alpha Hyperloop Site in North Las Vegas, Nevada
In June 2016, Hyperloop signed a deal with Dubai’s Transport Authority to test the feasibility of routes in Emirates. This followed on the heels of a memorandum of understanding to build a tube in Moscow too. Then speculative funds flowed in rapidly. This finally put the company in a position to build a tooling and machine shop near its alpha test site Develoop.
Then an Exciting Set of Tests Followed in 2017 …
Hyperloop tested the integrated vacuum, propulsion, levitation, sled, control system, tube, and other modules of the prototype on 12 May 2017. A month later, it released details of the pod capsule for the first live test. Finally, on August 2, 2017, it ran Hyperloop One up to 192 miles per hour within 1,000 feet. However rhe long-term plan is to reach a top speed of 760 miles per hour against an average of 600.
Criteria Likely to Affect the Hyperloop Battery Decision
The right batteries will influence the overall success of the Hyperloop dream. Open Stax CNX thinks the main criteria are efficiency, safety, cost, reliability, size, and weight. It reviewed vanadium redox, flywheel, lead-acid, lightsail, and lithium-ion energy sources.
After discounting lead-acid for its ‘lifecycle and rechargability’, Open Stax settled on lithium-ion batteries as the most likely candidate for the Hyperloop battery decision. Because it found to be the most suitable energy source for the passenger capsule.
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