Technical and business leaders of ET3 answer questions from Nextbigfuture readers

Ralph Bakker and Colin Hicks of ET3 (vacuum tube maglev train company) are answering questions from readers of Nextbigfuture.

Southwest Jiaotong University developed the initial high temperature superconducting magnetic levitation test loop in March 2013, and the in may, 2014 they showed latest model which had the vacuum pipe that became the world’s first evacuated tube transport system. When the train runs in the tube, the pressure inside is 10 times lower than outside and the train can use more power for driving at high speed, Deng said.

ET3 has been trading its Intellectual Property with China since 2002. Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU: a licensee of the ET3 consortia) has made mass improvements in HTSM (high temperature superconducting maglev) cryostats, PMG (permanent magnet guideway), LEM’s (linear electric motors), software automation, YBCO bulk (YCBO is high temperature superconducting material), etc. China does not require proof that ET3 is economically viable and China has companies capable of building 1,000’s of km of complete ET3 networks right now. ET3 is considered a ‘vital organ’ by the Chinese Government (almost never entitled to private companies).

Despite China’s influence by the HSR (high speed rail) authority; there are written agreements and collaboration efforts being made from private Chinese companies and SWJTU (Southwest Jiaotong University) to implement ET3 across the globe. China has enough permanent magnet guideway material and superconducting wire for thousands of kilomters of ET3 network and millions ofcargo/passenger capsules.

There is an online calculator for exploring the capital cost, financial and operational performance of the ET3 network.

Daryl Oster Founder of ET3 with counterparts at Southwest Jiaotong University 

Frequently Asked Construction Questions

The ET3 website has answers to some frequently asked construction questions.