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Self-contained firefighting system uses fire itself as an energy source

Sea-Can: totally automated fire retardant system that can lie dormant on site for years, or be helicopter dropped into the path of a fire
Sea-Can: totally automated fire retardant system that can lie dormant on site for years, or be helicopter dropped into the path of a fire
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Sea-Can: contains one of Eddie Paul's patented, highly efficient and simple CEM steam engines
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Sea-Can: contains one of Eddie Paul's patented, highly efficient and simple CEM steam engines
Sea-Can: totally automated fire retardant system that can lie dormant on site for years, or be helicopter dropped into the path of a fire
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Sea-Can: totally automated fire retardant system that can lie dormant on site for years, or be helicopter dropped into the path of a fire
Sea-Can: CAFS foam spray can cover an area up to 150 feet in diameter
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Sea-Can: CAFS foam spray can cover an area up to 150 feet in diameter
Sea-Can: activated and powered by the fire's own heat energy
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Sea-Can: activated and powered by the fire's own heat energy
Sea-Can: side doors and roof nozzles remain retracted until activated by the heat of a fire
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Sea-Can: side doors and roof nozzles remain retracted until activated by the heat of a fire
Sea-Can: takes the form of a standard shipping container so it's easily transported
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Sea-Can: takes the form of a standard shipping container so it's easily transported

Serial inventor and renaissance man Eddie Paul is back with another interesting idea. In between resurrecting historic automotive brands, building mechanical sharks and making stunt cars for dozens of movies you've probably seen (the names Grease or Fast and the Furious ring a bell?), he's now turning his hand to firefighting.

The Sea-Can is a self-contained fire fighting unit that can be dropped in the path of a fire, or left on site near premises that are at risk of fire. Taking the form of a shipping container, it can quickly and easily be moved by truck, sea or helicopter to the point where it's needed.

It sits on the ground, dormant, until the ambient temperature of the fire rises up to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the side doors drop down and a set of roof nozzles rise up.

The side doors have a bunch of copper boiler tubing running all across them, and once the water in these tubes reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it begins to boil.

Powered only by the heat of the fire itself, the boiling water powers one of Eddie's patented CEM (cylindrical energy module) steam pumps, a highly efficient, compact and simple design, that pumps CAFS fire retardant foam out the top nozzles, covering a ground area around 150 feet in diameter.

Sea-Can: contains one of Eddie Paul's patented, highly efficient and simple CEM steam engines
Sea-Can: contains one of Eddie Paul's patented, highly efficient and simple CEM steam engines

The foam will keep pumping until supplies are exhausted or the fire's heat dies down below the boiling threshold of the water in those copper tubes.

The system can sit in place for years at a time without needing any maintenance. It needs no external fuel, running off the heat of the fire itself, and opening up and working of its own volition without needing any human intervention – so nobody needs to put themselves in harm's way to activate it.

It's a fascinating idea, and Eddie's in discussions with several different fire fighting agencies in North America to get the Sea-Can up and running, controlling fires, saving properties and potentially lives.

2 comments
Jorel
A very interesting concept, but it certainly needs further development. In the environment pictured, with a fire spreading between trees from crown to crown, the device would do little but protect the ground itself from being scorched, while doing little to impede the progress of the fire...
Craig Jennings
So it waits until pretty much everything is on fire and then tries to put it out, if the fire is not large enough, it does nothing?
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