IIT Madras, Railways Ministry collaborates to develop hyperloop system

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Updated on May 20, 2022 12:15 IST

Hyperloop works on a technology that would use magnetic levitation in low-pressure tubes to transport people and goods at airplane-like speeds.

IIT Madras, Railways Ministry collaborates to develop hyperloop system

IIT Madras, Railways Ministry collaborates to develop hyperloop system

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has collaborated with the Ministry of Railways for the development of an indigenous Hyperloop system and will also help develop a Centre of Excellence for Hyperloop Technologies at the premier institute.

In 2017, the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had expressed his interest in the Hyperloop technology, stating that the country will be keenly watching the project, and since then, several rounds of talks over the proposed project had been held between the ministry and US-based Hyperloop One, but nothing substantial emerged.

Hyperloop works on a technology that would use magnetic levitation in low-pressure tubes to transport people and goods at airplane-like speeds. The low energy requirement and the significant role that this technology can play in making India Carbon neutral, makes Hyperloop mode of transportation an attractive proposition for Indian Railways, the ministry said as per the press release.

"Ministry of Railways had therefore been looking for potential partners and domain experts for joint collaborative working on development of this emerging and evolving concept for transportation of passengers and cargo. The Ministry of Railways was informed that a team comprising 70 students, named “Avishkar Hyperloop”, formed by IIT Madras in 2017, has been applying scalability and frugal engineering concepts for development of Hyperloop based transportation system with an aim is to make India proud by showcasing its technologies to the world," the statement said.

"Collaboration with IIT Madras for development of an Indigenous Hyperloop system and setting-up of a “Centre of Excellence for Hyperloop Technologies” at IIT Madras," the Railways said.

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