Portable solar unit fits into a steel drum for off-grid events

February 24, 2017 by  
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The Solar Charging Can fills the gap between large-scale residential photovoltaics and portable solar chargers for your smartphone. The unit unpacks quickly for camping, outdoor events, and other off-grid functions and is ready to use after just a half hour of assembly. In addition to recreational use, the unit can provide crucial power to mobile medical clinics, disaster relief areas, and refugee camps. Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd developed the Solar Charging Can to be an impressively versatile unit that is easy to put together in a pinch. The basic model includes a 180W/18v 5.5A solar panel , which is both flexible and waterproof, on a retractable telescoping pole, as well as two batteries, a voltage regulator, and all other necessary equipment for the unit to run smoothly. An included anchor secures the can to the ground, but the added sand bags provide an extra dose of security. Upgraded versions can be purchased to include a WiFi router, additional panels, a remote CCTV camera, and LED lighting . Related: Portable smartflower POP solar system produces 40% more energy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8yoDfVzWfU The entire unit can be assembled in a half hour by two people, according to the website. And they can be custom ordered to meet the needs of the event it will serve. This is especially helpful for organizations that provide disaster relief support or intend to power housing for refugees for an extended amount of time. One Solar Charging Can starts at about $2,235 (£1,795). + Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd Via Treehugger Images via Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd, YouTube (screenshot)

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Truck lays 50 meters of its own road in 6 minutes, and then picks it back up

July 15, 2016 by  
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Rather than create an all-terrain vehicle that doesn’t need a road, a company in Wales designed a truck that carries its own road surface , lays it down, and then picks it back up. Faun Trackway —the name of the company as well as its amazing truck—utilizes a series of thin aluminum extrusions to roll out a temporary roadway capable of supporting vehicles weighing up to 70 metric tons. This unique function allows the truck, and other vehicles in its party, to travel across otherwise impassable terrain such as mud, sand, and ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANuOhGGG8 The Trackway was built in 50-meter lengths, comprised of a series of aluminum extrusions linked together and rolled around a spool. Similar to an invisible tape dispenser, the truck can let out the track and essentially create a road where there was none, providing an easier way to reach destinations that would otherwise be out of reach without, say, a helicopter. Although originally intended for military use (and currently used by 30 military forces around the world), Faun Trackway has another obvious application: disaster aid. Related: Crazy “zipper truck” snaps LEGO-like bricks together to build a tunnel in 24 hours Because of its ability to create a temporary, passable roadway just about anywhere—even while partially submerged—the Trackway would be incredibly useful in helping aid units traverse washed out roads, mudslides, and other obstacles that typically follow earthquakes, tsunami-induced floods, and other natural disasters . Reportedly, the truck can roll out all 50 meters of its roadway in six minutes, making it possible to reach people in need much faster than other post-disaster convoys. Once the vehicles have crossed, the Trackway truck can roll the roadway up just as easily, ready to move on to its next challenge. Via Core77 Images via Faun Trackway

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Beautiful prefab home is built from repurposed shipping containers

July 15, 2016 by  
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? The asymmetrical Flying Box House is split into three levels, each of which is 100 square meters in size. The ground floor, which sits on challenging sloped terrain, serves mainly as a covered parking area for two cars and also comprises a sewing studio, laundry room, and utility spaces. Two bedrooms and the communal spaces, such like the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area, are located on the upper floor. The topmost floor contains the master bedroom that steps out to a large landscaped patio. ? Related: Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat “The superposition of those different sequences shapes the house,” write the architects. “Now we are able on this little plot to organise a complete programme of the desired urban villa.” Natural light streams into the interior through the two large bands of windows on the second floor and through the third floor patio doors. + 2A Design Via ArchDaily Images via 2A Design

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INFOGRAPHIC: How social media can save lives in a disaster

May 19, 2016 by  
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Social media can sometimes seem like a vortex of cat videos and selfies, but these days, it is also an invaluable tool that can be used to save lives in the event of a disaster. Not only is it a great way to keep in touch with loved ones when a disaster strikes, governments are also relying on it to pass vital information along to the public. Check out this infographic by the University of San Francisco to learn all the ways that social media is being used to help people during a disaster . + USF The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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A brewery in Florida is saving sea turtles with an edible six-pack ring

May 19, 2016 by  
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We’ve all seen those heartbreaking images of marine animals strangled in the plastic rings that hold together six beverage cans, commonly used for beer and soda. One brewery in Florida is taking on this terrible environmental problem by creating “edible six-pack rings” which sea turtles can happily chomp on rather than risking injury or death. Saltwater Brewery , based in Delray Beach, released a promotional video last week for the ingenious packaging alternative, and it’s gotten tens of millions of views so far. It’s safe to say that people are excited about getting the edible six-pack rings mass into production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YG9gUJMGyw It’s impossible to know for certain how many birds and sea creatures suffer when plastic six-pack rings are thoughtlessly discarded , but estimates put the numbers in the millions. When the public first became aware that the rings were strangling animals, many people began cutting the rings into bits before throwing them out, but that doesn’t stop birds and sea turtles from eating them anyway, which causes all manner of digestive problems. An edible plastic, made from a combination of barley and wheat byproducts of the brewing process, seems like a smart solution. Related: Green sea turtles are no longer endangered in Florida and Mexico Saltwater Brewery has been operating since late 2013 and has worked quickly to connect with local sea lovers, like surfers and fishermen. The company kicks back a portion of their profits to charities working to conserve our oceans and the creatures who call it home, including CCA, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, and MOTE. Creating the 100-percent biodegradable , edible six-pack rings was the natural next step in the brewery’s sustainability mission, and the new rings have met with resounding approval in local trials. Craft brewers in other parts of the country are already asking to use the edible rings for their own beers. The brewers at Saltwater partnered with We Believers , an advertising agency specializing in products that improve the world, to develop and create the six-pack rings. Now, the team hopes to ramp up production and distribute the edible packaging far and wide, so the turtle-friendly rings can help save birds, turtles, and other wild creatures who are just looking for a snack. Via Good Images via Saltwater Brewery

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Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

March 16, 2015 by  
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Photo © Humans of Vanuatu Cyclone Pam, a 168mph storm which hit the South Pacific Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a ‘worst case scenario’ for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered over the region for some 24 hours with the force of a category 5 storm. Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale told media that the storm has “wiped out” all recent development and that “everything” will have to be rebuilt, while humanitarian aid is desperately and urgently needed. The low-lying island nation of Kiribati , which has already experienced devastating flooding in recent weeks is also reported to have sustained significant damage. Read the rest of Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aid work , australia , category 5 , cyclone pam , Disaster Relief , flooding , hospitals , housing , humanitarian , New Zealand , port-vila , schools , south pacific , storm , vanuatu

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Dubai reveals plans for a high-tech ‘Museum of the Future’

March 16, 2015 by  
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Jochen Specht transformed an old Austrian house into a minimalist modern residence

March 16, 2015 by  
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Green-roofed Hong Kong health center is 100 percent naturally lit and ventilated

March 16, 2015 by  
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Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

January 17, 2015 by  
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Architecture for Humanity , the international nonprofit that addresses global humanitarian problems with sustainable architectural solutions, recently shut down its San Francisco headquarters. The organization quietly laid off all staff and closed its head office in San Francisco on January 1 after a long struggle to secure funding. In the past 15 years, the international group provided on-the-ground support for major global crises, including disaster relief in post-Katrina Gulf Coast and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Read the rest of Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture for Humanity , Architecture for Humanity headquarters , Architecture for Humanity San Francisco , cameron sinclair , Disaster Relief , disaster relief design , humanitarian design , Kate Stohr , San Francisco

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