Twoandahalf years ago I decided tomove out of the city and build myself a shipping container cabin. I drew itup on the computer first and then once I saw this site it just came together reallyquickly. The cabin is made of three standard20foot shipping containers. I’ve done some modifications to them so you can walk through all three containers. This is my washroom. I had a roughed in toilet that I never used. I used the outhouse instead. This was my bedroom. Living room, kitchen, and then I guess second living room. This is where I primarily spent all my time. Either infront of the fire during winter or most
likely outside enjoying the sun in the summertime. All of these doors arestandard issue shipping container doors. They’re actually sealed when they’re locked and I initially designedthe cabin around containers on the premise that once the doors are sealedand locked you can walk away for several weeks at a time. If you go traveling you can close up your house and you don’t have to worry about it it’s just my utilityroom basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that that the infloorradiant heat system and also provided pod domestic water there’s 17.4 millioncontainers in the world and
threequarters of them are sitting emptyand so they’re readily available and they’re relatively inexpensive and alsothey provide a great deal of structural properties the largest challenge was toinsulate the cabin I was hoping to stay here for fourseasons I came up with insulating the interior walls with spray foam and thenthe openings where the steel doors are insulated with bats i was able to get anrvalue about r22 for all the walls and which makes surviving the winter more iguess more enjoyable water sources were an issue my neighbors were kind enoughto let me fill up my water tote so i
would either drive my tractor over andpick up the water or make arrangements and travel into the closest countingfill up my water so I truck all my water in the energy side i designed a twokilowatt solar system I use the outhouse as my primary washer after watching manypeople before me make tiny houses I I really like the idea of downsizing andsimplifying your life by moving to a smaller space it forced me to selectwhat mattered in my life I grew up around offgrid systems my grandfatherbuilt his first hydro site one in the forties to power his house and hisbusiness and my father did the same and
i wanted to do something similar so Iguess it’s been in my family for three generations so it felt natural I enjoyed simple wellthoughtout thingsand this incorporates a lot of my interests into just a smaller spot ifeel that being responsible and sustainable goes handinhand withwelldesigned systems my passion is design and being having a holisticlifestyle is also passion of mine and they just they marry very well I justgraduated from school so I am starting my own business in the solar renewableenergy field trying to I guess empower
people to to do similar things that I’vebeen doing I lived in the house for twoandahalfyears fulltime the cabin is 355 square feet most people would consider that smallertiny to be honest i didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin where Iprepared ate food and slept and then read most evenings but when i was home iI’d be outside where I prefer to be in nature living here by myself fortwoandahalf years was just just me and my dog
Google container data center tour
Welcome to a tutorial tour of Google’s first containerbased data center. There are slots for over 45,000 servers in the 45 containers housed inside. The data center itself went into service in 2005 and supports 10MW of IT equipment load. It has a trailing twelve month average Power Utilization Effectiveness value of 1.25. We start with the plan view, and focus in on the equipment yard we will be visiting. Here, we see the cooling towers, the
power distribution centers, and the generator farm. Our first quot;actionquot; shot shows water flowing down the cooling tower fill. The plant itself is designed to maximize waterside economization through a combination of elevated process water temperatures, lowapproach temperature plate and frame heat exchangers, and a chiller bypass path.
As we swing over to the electrical yard, we see a mediumtolow voltage distribution center. The transformer itself is not exotic, but boasts a better than 99.5% efficiency, as evidenced by the relatively small cooling radiators attached to it. As part of the distribution center, the transfer switches serve to connect the generators seen here. Eventually, the output of the distribution center is run into the building through these low voltage cables. Plant tour Here we begin the plant
tour. Stepping inside the building, we again pick up the low voltage distribution lines. Cable routing takes place in these standard trays that eventually head off for connection to the container switch panels. We now step into the cooling plant. As we pull back, we get an overall view of the web of piping required to connect all the equipment together. As the water returns from the cooling towers, a portion of it is taken off and directed through a sidestream filtration system, before being returned to the loop.
Continuing on, we trace the piping down to the array of pumps where we see that we experience our share of leaks 🙂 Of course, when we talk about cooling plant efficiency, the chiller uses the most power and is therefore our biggest target. And an important part of reducing chiller hours is the use of plate and frame heat exchangers with their low approach temperature characteristics. We conclude the tour of the plant, with a shot of the thermal storage tanks and the distribution piping that carry the water to the containers. Hangar Tour
The hangar tour starts with a shot of the bridge crane used to move the containers As we pull back, we get a view of the singlestory side, which is moreclearly seen from a vantage point on the mezzanine. There are 15 containers on the single story side and 30 on the opposing 2 stories. Amongst the safety considerations in using containers, we include emergency exit stairs and egress pathways as required by code at the tail end of the