Subject of the presentation:
The application of the Hyperloop technology for transporting cargo in response to the high growth of the intermodal transportation market.
Each container terminal in the world sooner or later will face the problem of lack of space for further development. The high storage costs of intermodal containers at the wharves create a need for means of transport with better functional parameters than currently available. The winner of the Elon Musk’s competition, former CERN engineer and the founder of the EUROLOOP company – Marek Gutt-Mostowy – will talk about how the hyperloop technology is being adapted by EUROLOOP to meet these challenges.
Marek Gutt-Mostowy is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-founder of EUROLOOP – company working on bringing the Hyperloop (Vacuum Train) concept to reality. The current focus of EUROLOOP lies on the short-distance cargo version of the technology, which distinguishes company from its competition. Before starting EUROLOOP, Marek was the Controls Lead of rLoop, a non-profit organisation, which won one of the five main awards for the most innovative Hyperloop Capsule at Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition organised in Hawthorne, California in January 2017.
Before working on Hyperloop, Marek was Controls and Mechanical Engineer at CERN for 5 years, where he worked on Noble Prize awarded experiment called ATLAS which is a part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest machine. Marek was responsible for the design, testing and validation of the CO2 flexible, vacuum insulated transfer line for the ATLAS Internal Bi-layer Detector Cooling System successfully installed and operated since 2015. This early experience gave Marek confidence in feasibility of Hyperloop which resembles in many ways LHC, however, doesn’t push physics to its limits like LHC does. Currently EUROLOOP has an official collaboration with the Cooling Section at CERN for which Marek used to work.
Having finalised his work on the cooling systems for CO2 and Cryogenics Sections Marek worked on the ultra-precise alignment systems for Compact Linear Collider (CLIC), which is one of the potential successors of LHC. CLIC is planned to be almost twice as big as LHC, 48.4 km in length and it has stricter stabilisation requirements. Marek’s work focused on the development of algorithms responsible for automatic alignment to keep the whole accelerating structure within 10 microns in 200 meters sliding window. The work which required pushing boundaries in surveying, geodesy, metrology and mechanical engineering was concluded in a paper released in September 2016 where the results of a working prototype from the CLIC Test Facility were presented. This experience even further proved the validity of the Hyperloop concept for him, since the tolerances needed for it are far from those required by CLIC.
Marek’s other works include product development of consumer products at Bang & Olufsen, Mobile Application Startup – Systematic, and other Web-oriented ventures since the age of 10. Outside of EUROLOOP Marek plays basketball and is a passionate language learner.