Ecocapsule is an off-grid home designed and built by Bratislava-based architects NICE&WISE who describe it as a "self-sustainable smart house powered solely by solar and wind energy" which could also work as a charging station for electric cars.
The body is made from insulated fiberglass shells on an aluminum framework, its egg-shape designed to minimise heat loss and allow for water collection and filtration which is fine for drinking as well as washing. Under optimal conditions the Ecocapsule is designed for extended off-grid living for up to a year for up to two people. The first generation model comes with a waterless composting toilet, with incineration toilets planned for future units.
The Ecocapsule can also be moved around easily - it has four small wheels (extendable from legs) and two hooks on the roof so it can be lifted using a crane, forklift, or helicopter.
The first production run is 50, shipping from autumn 2017, and can be exclusively customised to each owner’s requirements. The next builds will be available in 2018.
- Dimensions: 4.45m × 2.25m × 2.55m
- Weight: 1200kg when empty / 1900kg with full water tanks
- Installed power output: wind 750W, solar 600W
- Usable floor area: 6.3m2
- Battery capacity: 10 kWh
- Price: €79,900 excluding VAT and shipping, though future capsules are guaranteed to be cheaper