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Container Mall Developers Hope to Regenerate Centre of Newcastle, UK

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Could a shipping container mall revive the centre of Newcastle in England? Nearly every city in the world has a carbuncle of derelict land near their centres where antisocial behaviour reigns and the general population avoids. The hope is that by having bars, restaurants and boutique shops in a currently struggling part of the former…

Containerships Over 20,000 TEU – What’s The Push Behind Building Bigger?

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After five years where containerships seemed to stabilise in size at a capacity of around 18,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in size, shipping companies are building bigger again. Now the biggest containership has a capacity of nearly 21,500 TEU. What’s the push behind building bigger? Economies of scale – the bigger the ships, the…

The Race for Car Power – A Shipping Container Unit To Power Vehicles

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There’s a race on to power the transport of the future. Carbon isn’t even in the running. The two front runners are hydrogen and batteries as a method of storing electricity. In this piece we will look at a zero carbon emission hydrogen extraction and storage plant that sits in a shipping container, while reflecting…

Lifeboat Station In a Shipping Container?

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We’ve touched on some great uses for shipping containers here at the Gateway Gazette. Here’s one of the most purposeful: a lifeboat station in a shipping container. This isn’t some rusty box dragged onto a beach, but is one where the entire lifeboat station and boat are built in the UK and donated to countries…

Grid Batteries in Shipping Containers – Renewables are Here to Stay!

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In September 2016 there was a statewide power outage across South Australia. Renewable energy haters leapt into the fray, wrongly blaming the wind energy supplying the grid in the storm. Much to the chagrin of the renewable energy haters, the solution to the problem was found in a Tesla battery system and not a new…

Electric, Fully Autonomous Containership Barges to Ply European Waterways

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New electric powered container carrying barges are being built to carry shipping containers around Europe’s inland waterways. Highways of ages The great rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Seine and Danube, have been the major cargo highways of the continent for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Despite the advantages of trucks and trains, they are…

Portable Renewable Energy: Shipping Container 65kW Wind Turbine

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Here at Gateway Gazette we love the fact that people think outside the box when it comes to shipping containers. Previously we covered a story about portable horizontal axis wind turbines that can fit inside shipping containers. But horizontal axis wind turbines have a lot of issues. A new portable vertical axis wind turbine, the…

Startups Driving Efficiency Into The Shipping Container Supply Chain

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Moving a shipping container around the world today is a lot more efficient than the old ‘break bulk’ method. Though on the ground the movements can be quite simple, there is still a lot of inefficiency in getting a company to handle those movements. After establishing the problem we will look at four companies trying…