CAF to design hyperloop capsule for Spanish Zeleros

The Spanish hyperloop company Zeleros has brought three new partners on board in a new investment round: infrastructure company Acciona, energy specialist EIT InnoEnergy and train builder CAF. According to Zeleros, all three will make an important contribution to the development of the transport system that should allow travel at a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour with zero direct emissions. No financial details have been disclosed.

According to Leire Aguirre of the Corporate Development and New Businesses Department of the CAF Group, the company will use its “rolling stock expert experience to design a robust capsule that will reduce infrastructure costs and ensure its safe and efficient operation.”

Infrastructure

Acciona specialises in the development of sustainable infrastructures and contributes knowledge and experience of the construction of high-speed lines in Spain, Italy and Norway, among others. Here it is currently working on the construction of Scandinavia’s longest rail tunnel as part of the Follo Line project. “I believe that our know-how, together with our extensive experience in rail transport, will be of great added value to this project”, said Telmo Pérez Luaces, Innovation Director of Acciona’s Infrastructure division.

EIT InnoEnergy says it will ensure a robust ecosystem at European level. According to Zeleros, the three partners provide knowledge in key areas in the development of hyperloop: infrastructure, vehicles and the industrial development framework at European level. Thus, they join the team of more than 180 professionals and 50 organisations to realise the creation of the hyperloop system of Zeleros.

7 million euros

David Pistoni, CEO and co-founder of Zeleros, says: “It is an honoumr for Zeleros to have industrial partners at the level of Acciona, CAF and EIT InnoEnergy to realize this ambitious project, which aims to push the boundaries of mobility.”

In an earlier financing round in June 2020, Zeleros raised more than 7 million euros. That amount was intended, among other things, for the construction of a European hyperloop center in Valencia and further development of its hyperloop vehicle. The companies that have joined the initiative so far are engineering firm Altran, energy company Grupo Red Eléctrica and investors such as Goldacre Ventures (UK), Road Ventures (Switzerland), Plug and Play (US), Spanish Angels Capital and MBHA.

European Hyperloop Center

The European hyperloop center in Spain is to have a three kilometre long test track. A date for the start of construction or opening has not yet been communicated. In the Netherlands, a European Hyperloop Center will be built in Groningen in the course of 2022. This project is an initiative of the Dutch Hardt Hyperloop. Partners include Royal BAM Group, Tata Steel Europe and Royal IHC.

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Author: Paul van den Bogaard

Paul van den Bogaard is editor of SpoorPro, a sister title of RailTech

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