June 24, 2016

Why isn’t the system below ground?

Solar power is the big reason. By placing solar panels on top of the tube, the Hyperloop can generate far in excess of the energy needed to operate. This takes into account storing enough energy in battery packs to operate at night and for periods of extended cloudy weather.”

Building a 350 mile tunnel probably wouldn’t be practical, either, and building the tracks on pylons allows the system to withstand earthquake damage. This also reduces the network’s footprint, so that it can be built along with existing infrastructure.

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