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