Tesla CEO Elon Musk had developed the Hyperloop technology to transport people. But now the Norwegian research organization SINTEF is considering whether or not the system could also be used to transport fresh fish.
Norwegian salmon farmers are currently struggling to bring their goods to customers quickly and freshly. Shipping is slow; rail and road networks are poorly developed in the sparsely populated countryside. That's how the idea of using Hyperloop was born. The system is based on vacuum tubes in which transport capsules are propelled similar to that of a magnetic levitation train. An initial estimate for a prototype would cost around 20 million euros. Researchers, however, are already dreaming of a connection between Trondheim and Paris. It would take about an hour for a Hyperloop system to cover the route of approximately 1400 kilometers.
Norway is also confident that the project would be possible because the country has a lot of experience in pipeline construction: Huge gas connections to Great Britain have already been installed below the North Sea.