State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called Apparatus X, will have a “green wall” for food, a rainwater collection/filtration system, and an array of solar panels. It will be completely expandable, able to convert an empty lot into a construction site. It will also include a design studio and tool storage. Currently, the team is raising the finances required to build the project. Apparatus X is already sponsored by IBM and Boeing, but the main source of funds will bea campaign on Indiegogo, which launched on April 2nd. Although the team is currently working on the prototype, they’re envisioning an entire fleet of Apparatus X vehicles in the near future. Ultimately, the team hopes to redefine disaster relief in a way that is sustainable, mobile, and effective.

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