Ecocapsule – A Sustainable Outpost


The designers at Nice Architects in Slovakia have been working on a new concept for sustainable living since 2008.  The tiny Ecocapsule was recently unveiled at Pioneers Festival in Vienna.  According to the designers:

“Ecocapsule is a low-energy house packed into a compact form. It merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water and a hot meal.  Even though small in size, each Ecocapsule comfortably houses two adults. Its efficient spatial layout allows you to enjoy convenience of household facilities in off-grid conditions. Built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and hot shower are luxuries of a hotel room that are now also available in wilderness.”

Key to the Ecocapsule is a 9744Wh battery that is fed by both a solar panel and a wind generator.  This allows the unit to run indefinitely without any connection to the power grid.  It also includes a system that collects and filters rainwater, or any other water source, for use by the occupants.  It’s not completely sustainable.  Given enough days without sunlight or wind,  the battery can drain to nothing.

The firm is now moving into production mode and will begin taking orders by the end of this year.  Price has not yet been determined.  The standard version does not include wheels, but they are developing a chassis for the capsule to make it into a camper.  It is expected to be ready by the end of 2016.  As it is,  the 3,300 pound unit will fit into a standard shipping container and can be readily hauled on a trailer.

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