SPACE–the Mobile, Solar-Powered House

Big, cheap and ubiquitous, recycled shipping containers have long been a favorite of green architects and designers worldwide. Now, a team from Houston, Texas, has a patent-pending design for a shipping container structure that generates its own power, and can travel to wherever it’s needed–the SPACE (Solar Powered Adaptive Container for Everyone).

Billed as a sustainable workspace and mobile solar generator, SPACE is made up of four components:  an up-cycled 20’ x 8’ shipping container housing a climate controlled work/ storage space, a proprietary solar rack capable of producing up to 5 kilowatts of electricity, a self-contained battery end-cap with 5 days of battery backup, and a renewable energy power management system. Solar Lighting Guide reports that the unit also comes equipped with LED and CFL lighting, air conditioning and an electrical plug.

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image via SPACE

Because shipping containers are made to withstand extreme weather conditions, SPACE can stand up to hurricane-force winds, and travel securely even with its panels attached and wired. The unit can also be operational within an hour of deployment, making it an ideal structure for disaster housing and relief center. It can also be used in more everyday applications, serving as a park kiosk, sales center, or even just a green, off-grid backyard office.

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image via SPACE

SPACE has been permitted, tested, and complies with U.S. building codes.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

5 Comments

  • Reply April 12, 2011

    Nicklndimed

    has anyone offered a prefab modular underground bldg with above ground energy source such as solar

  • Reply May 10, 2011

    DonHome

    That is my ideal style of life

  • Reply May 17, 2011

    willasrxsp

    Now thats what creativity is!nHealthy life style! Solar power really gives a lot of benefits and advantages.nWould like to live in that. Lets go green.nnGreat post.

  • Reply May 26, 2011

    Bimota

    Guys, what’s this “patent-pending” design BS and 5kw of power? Why is the world would you spend money to patent something like this and why in the world would you need 5kw worth of solar for a 160sq’ area? You did not even use a reefer (insulated) container that is built with R50 sides. Nicely done but sloppy, focus on making these affordable and scalable rather than protecting IP, actually change the world rather than put up barriers, please.u00a0

  • Reply September 25, 2012

    Dr. Langhorne

    Cant wait to live in one of these. When our future Chinese overlords take over our economy and we’re working for them this will be the perfect housing solution

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