SMART CITY LOOP IS AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT FOR THE AUTOMATED TRANSPORT OF PALLETIZED GOODS IN LARGE CITIES AND URBAN AREAS VIA UNDERGROUND TRANSPORTATION PIPES IN A FAST, ECONOMICAL, RELIABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAY.
In order to be able to continue supplying inner cities in the future, innovative logistics concepts are required – something that cities, logistics service providers and retailers are all agreed on. Until now, communities and the economy have paid hardly any attention to underground transport for inner-city deliveries. FOUR PARX has commissioned Smart City Loop GmbH to carry out a feasibility study on underground logistics supply and distribution in downtown Hamburg. The idea is to connect a warehouse at a distance of five to seven kilometers away with a distributor downtown. The last mile is to be served in an environmentally friendly way using e-vehicles from the distributor. The aim was to put the innovative concept of underground pipes as a transport system for palletized goods for traffic-plagued inner cities through its paces for the first time at a specific location.
Innovative solutions for dealing with inner-city traffic are urgently needed due to the growing problems of congestion, noise, particulate matter and especially the predicted growth rates of e-commerce in urban areas. The study refers to an exemplary connection of a warehouse in Wilhelmsburg to a micro hub in downtown Hamburg. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Fraunhofer IML) in Dortmund also offers its expertise in the field of intralogistics by, for example, calculating throughput and profitability.
RESULTS OF THE STUDY
The underground transport solution is technically feasible and economical to operate
- and significantly reduces CO₂ emissions and traffic congestion in Hamburg
- with a 24 hour /300 day operation in 2 City Hubs
- A delivery capacity of around 2.7 million pallets can be processed per year.
This corresponds to approx. 540,000 transport journeys
- and represents a CO₂ saving of over 10,000 tons per year.
The project is now in a concrete implementation planning stage.