Paul Wyatt of Eldapoint says: “It was an interesting problem to solve and we’re glad to report we achieved it. It realised immediately that only a bespoke unit would be appropriate to provide Cheshire police with a definitive solution. A modular unit was discussed and designed to include a drying room, evidence room and small office.” Paul Wyatt adds: “The nature of the operation meant that high-level secure doors were required both externally and internally. A secure drop box allowing evidence to be delivered 24-hours a day also had to be factored into the design process. Working closely with our client, several designs were modelled to ensure an operational, cost-efficient solution.”
As the design began to take shape, additional requirements were included in the unit. A range of drying and evidence gathering systems and materials had to be incorporated. These included a temperature controlled room, centrifuge and centralised fume extraction system. Inspector Giles Pierce, from Cheshire Constabulary says: “At the start of the journey through planning, design and manufacturing we questioned if a solution would be possible, but the team at Eldapoint soon put our minds at rest.
The process involved very open communications with both parties and Eldapoint took the time to understand our challenges and requirements and integrated their knowledge to bring an effective result.”
Battery Storage is Delivering New Opportunity to the Energy Mix
Batteries are set to transform the way electricity is delivered and the government wants to ensure a low carbon energy landscape in the future.
Northern Powergrid has recently created a £4m energy storage unit in the North East of England. To give some idea of the size and scope of this emerging technology the 2.5MW battery being used is the size of three shipping containers and can store enough electricity to power 2,500 houses for two hours.
An Eldapoint R&D representative says: “The energy sector is one that excites us. Containers manufactured to specification provide solutions to a marketplace that will bring sustainability for businesses, as well as fighting energy poverty. It’s a sector that we are working closely with and plan to deliver container housing products that can provide new ways for energy storage batteries to meet demand, align with health and safety and provide mobility.”
Agriculture is another area with developing potential for the industry and where container R&D is producing some amazing results. Eldapoint has discovered innovative projects in America that are improving crop yields are revolutionising the farming industry.
According to recent reports, fully-instrumented “farms in a box” in the Boston area of New England are already growing leafy greens in farms built inside shipping containers.
It has been described as moving farming to a fully-automated environment that can optimise output. Farmers can control lighting, watering and pH levels and by controlling that environment can know exactly what the yield will be every week.
Now that really is a growing industry that is worth cultivating!