TransGroup Ships Air via Air
With the advent of bottled water, many speculated that one day plain old air would also become a commodity. While most would think that absurd, TransGroup Worldwide Logistics has been shipping bottled air, via air freight to all corners of the world. TransGroup’s Denver office is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by shipping aluminum canisters of air that are sampled from a forest just off the Continental Divide near Nederland, Colorado at an altitude of over 10,000 ft. These atmospheric samples are collected and pressurized with precise measurements of carbon dioxide, methane, or nitrous oxide and then tested and packaged at the NOAA lab, which has been designated by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization as the Central Calibration Laboratory for greenhouse-gas measurements worldwide. TransGroup picks up the canisters in Boulder, Colorado and prepares the hazmat documentation and bill of lading. In 2013, TransGroup expects to ship many more canisters to facilities all over the world, where the air samples are used to help calibrate machines that measure pollution in the atmosphere.