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Story 009 – 2100 – Innovation Megatrends Products

Inauguration of the Atlantic Tunnel 2100

From Berlin to New York in three hours

What does high-speed mean for trains developed at the beginning of the 21st century? And what will it mean in the year 2100, almost a hundred years later? At more than 20 times the current speed, trains will race through vacuum tubes in 2100.

In 2100, an Atlantic tunnel could connect the continents of Europe and North America. The technology of Hyper-Loop-Magnetic-Drives would then allow speeds of up to 7 000 km/h. The trains, which will move forward in vacuum tubes with the help of magnetic fields, will cover long distances in the shortest possible time at maximum speed – and will be virtually weather-independent. Waiting times or delays, e.g. due to fallen trees, which still exist regularly in 2020, will be a thing of the past.

After 2050, drive technologies for long distances will only be developed on the basis of magnetic drives. The age of steam locomotives, diesel locomotives or electric trains will be history. For the development and operation of magnetic field generators, copper and copper alloys will play an essential role in the manufacture, optimization and reliability. Power supply over long distances will also play an important role. The line sections where the tubes are located in the open will be fully covered with light-absorbing materials, similar to solar cells 100 years earlier. They will generate electricity which they transmit via a matrix-like copper mesh for permanent use in magnetic field generators and control systems.