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UPM will Lead the project and also will act as Leader of WP1 and WP5 and collaborating in WP2, WP3 and WP4.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university specialized in all engineering fields and architecture. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, its outstanding research activity together with its highly-qualified professional trainings, make UPM a really competitive university at international level. More than 2.400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in more than 200 Research Groups, 20 Research Centers or Institutes and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transform the knowledge generated into innovation advances applied to the productive sector, contributing to solve the challenges of the European citizens.
More info at www.upm.es


Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Hellenic Institute of Transport

CERTH will act as task leader of WP 2 and will participate in WP5

The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) which is a non-profit organization that directly reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs. HIT’s main objective is the conduct and support of applied research activities in the field of transportation in Greece. More specifically on issues related to the organization, operation, planning and development of infrastructure, standardization, economic analysis, management, vehicle technology and impact assessment of land, maritime, air, and multimodal transport services. HIT consists of five vertical departments, which run all research projects and a series of “horizontal sectors” or “offices”.
More info at https://www.certh.gr/root.en.aspx


Hardt Hyperloop

HARDT will be the task leader of task A3.3, and a participant in WP 3 and WP 4, also contributing in dissemination activities related to WP 5.

HARDT Hyperloop is a European technology company specialized in hyperloop with its headquarter situated in Delft in the Netherlands. The company was founded in 2016 after winning the first SpaceX hyperloop pod competition of the US technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. Hardt Hyperloop has brought together a diverse team of world-class engineers, designers and strategists, who are working tirelessly to bring this new transportation system to market. The technical development and its standardization are being pursued in parallel to creating the passenger experience as well as performing feasibility studies for the development of potential hyperloop routes. Across all its activities Hardt Hyperloop pursues a partner-centric approach in order to bring the technology faster to market and share knowledge with research institutes, universities and industry leaders.
More info at https://hardt.global/


NEVOMO (Hyper Poland)

NEVOMO will participate in WP2 and WP3, being the task leader of task A4.3.

NEVOMO develops the next generation of High-Speed Railways (HSR), based on magnetic levitation, linear motor and autonomous control systems, which can be subsequently transformed into a vacuum version. It is the only company in the world able to gradually implement hyperloop-inspired solutions as an upgrade for the railway industry. The company was founded in 2017 as Hyper Poland, The company is during negotiations about pilot implementations with representatives from several European and Asian railway operators. Hyper Poland is also in the process of opening a Swiss office, for serving potential clients, as well as corporate, R&D and financial partners, from Austria, Germany, France, Italy and other Western European markets.
More info at https://www.nevomo.tech/pl/



The RWTH will be a participant in WP2, WP 4 and WP 5

The RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), established in 1870, is divided into nine faculties. Currently around 45,628 students are enrolled in over 162 academic programmes. The number of foreign students (11,280) substantiates the university’s international orientation. Every year, more than 7,000 graduates and 900 doctoral graduates leave the university. Approximately 564 professors as well as 5,695 academic and 2,834 non-academic colleagues work at RWTH. The university budget amounts to 998,5 million Euros, of which nearly 385.3 million Euros are funded by third parties. Moreover, special field research, 34 graduate colleges, among them 10 founded by the German Research Foundation, The RWTH is one of the 11 German Excellence Universities and receives special allowances for a graduate school. In addition, 2 clusters of excellence have been formed, which are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the DFG.
The Institute for Rail Vehicles and Transport Systems (IFS) represents research and development activities in the field of railway engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. It is also an independent technology provider for the industry, with a history of more than 140 years in developing systems for rail and track guided vehicles.
More info at www.ifs.rwth-aachen.de/startseite


Instytut Kolejnictwa

IKOLEJ will participate in the development of WP4.

The Railway Research Institute is conducting research for 70 years in the area of rail transportation. The Railway Research Institute facilities include a test track with corresponding facilities necessary to conduct research and development work in the area for rail transportation.
The fields of our activities are:
1.      Rolling stock research: materials and construction elements, certification tests for rail passenger cars, freight wagon, locomotives and traction units.
2.      Consulting activities: feasibility studies for railway investment projects, feasibility studies for urban transport projects, transport concepts for large agglomerations and for regions and environmental impact analyses.
3.      Railway infrastructure research: permanent way infrastructure (eg. tracks, turnouts, subgrade), control command and signalling (eg. electronic interlocking tests), electric traction and power supply systems (eg. energy quality assessments), telecommunication and telematics (eg. mobile radio system change strategy), environment protection.
More info at www.ikolej.pl


University of Leeds

ILEEDS will participate in WP 2 and will collaborate as a participant in dissemination activities related to WP 5

The University of Leeds combines two institutions that are excellently positioned to support the proposal:
1.    The Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration (iHSRSI)
2.    The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)
iHSRSI forms part of the School of Civil Engineering, and was formed in 2017. It is a £80M startup institute developing capabilities in a wide range of guided transport areas, including very high speed moving loads.  This has resulted in numerous funded projects and highly cited papers in international journals, related to the dynamics of high speed guided transport.  
ITS is one of the UK’s leading departments for transport teaching and research. It delivers internationally excellent research outputs, which impact upon transport policy and practice, and contribute to the wider economy and society. ITS has participated in a large number of projects funded under H2020, as well as many projects funded by the rail industry and UK governments. Within rail, ITS’s research in the areas of rail cost modelling, valuation of benefits of journey attributes and cost-benefit assessment is internationally recognised for its rigour and excellence. Related to the cost benefit assessment, ITS Leeds has extensive experience of railway incentives and how they impact on rail costs, innovation and on technology adoption (barriers and enablers to innovation and its implementation). Much of our research has been included in Department for Transport appraisal guidance and also in the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH). ITS has led the business case / impact assessment work packages in multiple EU /Shift2Rail funded projects.
More info at https://www.leeds.ac.uk/

Research Organization


SINTEF will develop the activity of leadership of WP 4 and also will lead task A3.1, and will collaborate as a participant in dissemination activities related to WP 5.

SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations organised as a non-profit research institute fully owned by the SINTEF Foundation. We employ 2000 people most of whom are based in Trondheim and Oslo (Norway). 71 % of our employees are research scientists, of which 55% have a doctorates degree. More than 90% of our annual turnover derives from contract research for industry and the public sector, both in Norway and internationally, and we receive minimal state funding (around 7%). SINTEF is multidisciplinary, with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. Our company vision is “technology for a better society”, and it is an important aspect of our societal role to contribute to sustainable growth and value creation. In addition to contract research we also commercialise technologies through the establishment of new companies.
More info at www.sintef.no/hyperloop



TRANSPOD will lead task A3.4 and also will participate in WP3 and WP4. TRANSPOD will collaborate as a participant in dissemination activities related to WP 5.

TransPod Inc. is a Canadian company with subsidiaries in France and Italy designing ultra-high-speed transportation technology and vehicles.
TransPod, a new generation of ultra-high-speed ground transportation, is being designed to carry passengers and cargo between cities at over 1000 km/h. Fossil-fuel-free and fully-electric, the TransPod line is being developed for application in cities around the world. Aerospace engineering allows the TransPod vehicle to travel faster than a jet, at ground level in a protected guideway which is immune to weather. With the convenience of a subway, TransPod will avoid airline flight diversions, travel faster than a jet, and move three times as fast as any current fastest train.
More info at www.transpod.com/en


TU Berlin (Hermann-Föttinger Institut)

TU-BERLIN will lead task A2.2 and also will participate in WP2 and WP5 in dissemination activities.

The research group of the TU Berlin (Hermann-Föttinger Institut) has been involved in ground vehicle aerodynamic research for many years. The focus has been on cars, heavy vehicles and trains. A vast amount of experimental expertise in fluid dynamics including wind tunnel and measurement techniques is available.
In a recent paper the concept of hyperloop was analysed and weaknesses with regards to the aerodynamic performance of the concept identified. With this background the group can contribute to the aerodynamic assessment and validation of the hyperloop concept. This contribution will help to assess the power required to overcome the aerodynamic drag and to evaluate the aerodynamic load on the infrastructure and vehicle.
More info at https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/home/

Research Organization

Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer

UIC will lead task A2.2 and also will participate in WP2 and WP5 in dissemination activities.

The International Union of Railways (UIC, Union Internationale des Chemins de fer) is the worldwide organisation for international cooperation among railways and promotion of rail transport at a global level. Founded in 1922, it currently gathers more than 200 members on all 5 continents, among them rail operators, infrastructure managers or vehicle keepers.
UIC maintains close cooperation links with all actors in the rail transport domain all around the world, including manufacturers, railway associations, public authorities and stakeholders in other domains and sectors whose experiences may be beneficial to rail development. The UIC’s main tasks include understanding the business needs of the rail community, developing innovation programmes to identify solutions for those needs, as well as preparing and publishing a series of documents known as IRS (International Railway Standards, an evolution of the UIC Leaflets) that facilitate the implementation of the innovative solutions.
More info at https://uic.org


Sapienza Università di Roma (DICEA)

DICEA will participate in WP3 as WP Leader, and will collaborate in activities related to WP5.

DICEA is the Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering Department of Sapienza University of Rome. The Transport Area is the largest in DICEA and its teaching and research activities, performed since more than 40 years, are mainly in the field of planning and management of passenger and freight transport systems.
In the education field DICEA manages:
·         A Master’s Degree in Transport Systems Engineering;
·         A Post-Master Specialist Course in Railway Infrastructures and Systems Engineering;
·         A PhD in Transport and Infrastructures.
They are all including contents on engineering of railway systems.
DICEA participated into dozens of EU funded research and educational projects within ARTEMIS, ERASMUS, ERASMUS+, FP3, FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, IEE and SHIFT2RAIL Programmes
More info at https://www.uniroma1.it



ZELEROS will participate in WP2, WAP3 and WP4 and will lead task A4.2.

Zeleros is a high-tech and industrial SME devoted to the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of hyperloop-based transport systems. Founded in 2016 by three engineers -David Pistoni (CEO), Juan Vicén (CMO) and Daniel Orient (CTO), the technological approach presented by Zeleros in terms of the vehicle/pod design and propulsion was awarded by SpaceX, becoming this the ignition of the promising company. After four years of development, Zeleros counts with 20 full-time employees (4 of them PhDs). Also, one of its strategic partners -Altran- has devoted 20 full-time engineers to accelerate the development of Zeleros’ technologies.
Zeleros has developed a set of technologies and subsystems related to magnetic levitation, propulsion, high-speed baking systems, communication protocols, low-pressure systems, linear motion systems, high power, vehicle structure and system integration as well as new materials prototyping. Those systems will be ultimately integrated in a full-integrated hyperloop vehicle. By Q4 2020 a 1:3-scale system will be tested in a 2km test track located in Spain. A full set of validation and novel developments will enhance further development of Zeleros on its way to deploy a commercial system from 2023 for cargo and passenger transport.
Zeleros has been vastly awarded in Spain as recently in as one of the most innovative tech companies in Europe by the European institution EIT. Such recognitions consolidate the path followed by Zeleros on its way to lead the development of advanced hyperloop systems in Europe.DICEA will participate in WP3 as WP Leader, and will collaborate in activities related to WP5.

More info at https://www.dicea.uniroma1.it/en