March 13, 2010, 1:25 pm
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There’s a real logistics problem with current shipping containers. If a container crosses the Pacific loaded with Toyotas and goes back empty, that’s a huge waste of fuel. But despite their best efforts, it happens all the time. And even if they weigh different amounts, 1,000 empty containers take up the same amount of space as 1,000 full containers, meaning the ships are forced to make the same amount of trips each way.
That will change if Dutch entrepreneur Renaat Giesbers folding shipping container makes it into production. When empty, the Cargoshell can be folded flat, taking up only 25% of its original volume. Ships can carry four times as many empty containers as full. And the Cargoshell is made from composites rather than steel, which give off far less CO2 during the production process.
Here’s a video of the prototype. Non-Dutch-speakers will not be able to follow what they’re talking about, but you can fast forward to 1:20 to see the ten seconds where they unfold the thing.

via:: core77