Mobile Container Laboratories for Worldwide Use
The third component of the Cluster’s three-fold lab system is a novel modular container laboratory ensemble that bridges the gap between stationary high-performance analytics and in situ analysis with portable instruments.
The container laboratory ensemble has a modular design. It contains an area for performing wet chemical operations (e.g. emergency preservation measures) as well as a clean room area for taking samples for DNA analysis. The laboratories are factory equipped with two digestories, gas bottle, chemical cabinets and cooling capacities. Access to the facility is regulated via airlocks and the interior is air-conditioned, so that working with valuable artefacts is feasible without problems. Currently, the facility consists of five 20-foot high cube containers. If a larger facility is required, additional modules can be easily connected. The entire facility can be operated self-sufficiently, as an 85 kVA power generator plus a 1000 l diesel tank is housed in an additional fifth container. Furthermore, there are fresh and waste water tanks. The gas supply is provided by mobile gas bottles.
All containers are intended for worldwide use and transportation by ship and truck. The container boxes are sea-going shipping containers with CSC safety approval, i.e. the containers can be transported on container ships without restriction.
The planning of the laboratory ensemble has been completed. Construction will begin shortly and delivery is expected in 2021.