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Solar-Powered SPACE Shipping Container Office Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Consumes
Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 15, 2012 @ 10:56 am In Architecture,Cargotecture,Design | 1 Comment
If portability is the best quality a recycled shipping container building can have, then these super compact solar-powered SPACE containers surely fit the bill. In addition to being easy to load, Adaptive Container's SPACE buildings come with a proprietary rooftop solar panel rack system that folds up and down within 30 minutes. Best of all, the modern off-grid field offices are capable of producing twice as much energy as they consume.
SPACE stands for Solar Powered Adaptive Containers for Everyone and that’s exactly what they are. The 140 square foot off grid structure comes with 20 rooftop solar panels that provide up to 350 kWh of energy each month, more than double what it consumes. And it even has air-conditioning, leaving behind the miserable days of sweltering shipping container offices .
This upcycled design was first conceived as a sales center for Mirabeau B by Harvest Moon Development, with the help of ttweak  and Metalab . The off grid  version was made possible by a Houston Green Building Component grant. Now Adaptive Container has teamed up with Ameresco Solar to answer a Request for Quote by the Houston municipality to provide 17 of these portable power centers in preparation of the next Gulf storm.
Via Treehugger 
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URLs in this post:
 shipping container offices: http://inhabitat.com/shipping-containers-turn-warehouse-into-office-space/
 ttweak: http://www.ttweak.com/
 Metalab: http://www.metalabstudio.com/category/blog/space/
 off grid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-grid
 + Adaptive Container: http://www.adaptivecontainer.com/
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/solar-powered-shipping-container-architecture-actually-makes-sense.html
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