in 2013, the genius of Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla motors announced a crazy idea that would revolutionize the world of transportation. He introduced the Hyperloop concept, namely high-speed transportation system moving by creating a low pressure, allows the capsule moving with the speed very high. Has the speed exceeds the aircraft, but with the treasures of the same ticket as the train.
Elon Musk and SpaceX make the concept of the Hyperloop technology is open source and the public is invited to take the idea and develop it further. One of the taking parts in the development of this is Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a crowdsource project consisting of more than 600 members that focus on making the idea of Hyperloop become a reality.
In the past year, HTT has made multiple historic deals and is currently working directly with regulators and governments including: development of a route from Bratislava, Slovakia to Brno, Czech Republic; a research and development center in Toulouse, France; development of a route connecting Abu Dhabi to Al Ain under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The good news, HTT this week announced a contract to explore the possibility of deploying the transport system Hyperloop in Indonesia. HTT in cooperation with the local partner Dwi Putranto Sulaksono, the founder of Dwiyuna Jaya Foundation and Ron Mullers, the founder of Papa john’s Pizza. They create a joint venture Hyperloop Transtek Indonesia to conduct a feasibility study with a project value of USD 2.5 million
This agreement marks the immediate exploration of the feasibility of a Hyperloop system for Indonesia with an initial focus on Jakarta and a full exploration of Hyperloop transportation connecting Java and Sumatra.
Bibop Gresta, Chairman of HTT, during a press conference in Jakarta, said the signing of the contract of this feasibility study is the first agreement Hyperloop in Southeast Asia. “Indonesia, and Jakarta, in particular, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. With traffic and congestion being such a big issue there, the Hyperloop will be a welcome transformation for the region,” said Bibop Gresta.
Meanwhile, Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT revealed it was negotiating directly with governments around the world for over two years now. “Now that we are ready to build our first system, developing the necessary regulatory framework is the most important step,” said Dirk.
Entrepreneurs Dwi Putranto Sulaksono feel very happy to be working with the HTT which will give a positive impact for Indonesia. Because Hyperloop will affect the overall spectrum of life, from business to the quality of the sustainability of life.
With a population of over 260 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world. The city of Jakarta, with a population of over 10 million people, faces some of the worst traffic in the world with a commonplace daily four-hour commute. An estimated 70% of the air pollution comes from vehicles.
A Hyperloop system would go to great lengths to help solve these issues. To reduce pollution, this transportation system will 100% use of renewable energy. The energy sources used in the transport system are the solar panels placed along the trajectory path. The energy generated from the solar panels is even greater than the energy required to run the Hyperloop system.
Meanwhile, to overcome the problem of congestion, the Hyperloop is predicted will have a maximum speed of 1,300 km. So the trip becomes more effective no need to waste a lot of time on the road. For example, a Hyperloop route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta would take approximately 25 minutes, compared to nearly 10 hours via automobile. Jakarta to neighboring Bandung would take 9 minutes, versus the current 2.5 hours, and a Hyperloop connecting Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to the Jakarta city center would take 5 minutes.
However, the feasibility study is the stage that is still very early. It takes years and years maybe even decades to make it happen. Moreover, until this very day, the Hyperloop technology is still being developed and no one has yet used commercially.