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Tiny Wind & Solar Powered Home Lets You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World
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Tiny Wind & Solar Powered Home Lets You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World

Ecocapsules, designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, promise to let anyone live off the grid for up to a year. Each unit is equipped with solar panels, a retractable wind-turbine, and a design that captures rain water. Inside, you’ll find a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and hot shower.

The Ecocapsule “is suitable for a wide range of applications,” write the designers, such as an “independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.”

Those interested in buying one will be able to pre-order at the end of 2015, with delivery in the first half of 2016. A display unit will be show during the Pioneers festival in Vienna on the 28th-29th of May.

More info: ecocapsule.sk | nicearchitects.sk | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: gizmodo)

In 2016 you will be able to live off the grid in one of these Ecocapsules

“The biggest challenge was to integrate all the different technologies into the small body of the pod and still have some space left for people,” Nice Architects told Bored Panda

The Ecocapsule relies on wind and solar power, and collects rain water

“We hope to finish a camper version with wheels before the end of 2016”

Its interior can comfortably sleep two, and provide 8 sq meters of living space

These pods could be deployed anywhere in case of emergency

“The water reservoir has overflow valve, so if the tanks are full, they won’t accept any more water. But that is a rare case”

Ecocapsules fit in a sea-container or can be towed on a trailer

“With the capsule in tow you can exceed the normal range of an electric car, stay somewhere for the night, and charge 1/4 quarter of the battery. This is enough to reach the nearest supercharger”

A built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and hot shower are all included

“The first design used multistage water recycling technology. Now we simplified the system and replaced the flushing toilet with composting. We are still searching for an ultimate solution”

The walls are insulated to ensure maximum energy savings and maintain comfort

The units could be used as research stations, emergency housing, or a humanitarian-action unit

 

But most people might just want to enjoy them

Bored Panda would like to thank Nice Architects for this interview

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MrTree1779
Community Member
7 years ago

And at 1500-2700 Euros for shipping, we can safely assume that each Eurocapsule will cost about 150-270,000 Euros, and will be available to folks who have a quarter of a million to throw away on a cute little mobile home. So, yeah, not a place for the poor, despite being "eco friendly" and capable of being "emergency shelter".

RoseyGoodman
Community Member
7 years ago

Get the facts before tossing around bullshit numbers.

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EvaKlevska
Community Member
7 years ago

Unless they plan to charge something stupid for them, I'll probably buy one. :)

JurisT
Community Member
7 years ago

They are asking 2k for shipping. No thanks

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DebBie
Community Member
7 years ago

I suggest we start mass producing them and use them to house those poor refugees or victims of earthquakes asap!

TerriGold
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one.

GionKonradRabara
Community Member
7 years ago

Same i want 1 too

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OksanaPolsley
Community Member
7 years ago

Even with all the views on the expense involved etc.. I LOVE the idea,,its HIGH TIME we humans started thinking about ecohomes & using a much smaller footprint in terms of use of space & invading the planet with massive amounts of buildings & using up natures "living" areas..i say HURRH for these designers & lets move forward with making them feasible for all to have!

EdEllis
Community Member
7 years ago

It is a great start, with mass production the price would drop. Competing products would become available also at lower prices. This is the future, perhaps not everybody's though!

marilenasuarezsolis
Community Member
7 years ago

I think we ought to celebrate the creativity and the effort of the inventors of the capsule. I hope someday it is available to everyone.

RajivSaxena
Community Member
7 years ago

Need one badly. Great idea converted sensibly.

ŻannaBiałecka
Community Member
7 years ago

there is bed, kitchen, shower, but where to fit washingmashine

DanFinnegan
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one too...me and my Doberman would do fine with one of these.

JoeWalley
Community Member
7 years ago

Be nice if it had wheels neat idea ..

OttilieMoran
Community Member
7 years ago

was anybody else thinking about a zombie apocalypse and how perfect this would be?

EdwinaLee
Community Member
7 years ago

It says here "Price of the Ecocapsule will be announced in the last quarter of 2015". So please no more bullshitting about how much it costs until the price is announced. [I appeal to these people to have above zero integrity]

RogerBennett
Community Member
7 years ago

An old caravan is much cheaper and is even towable not like that 'snail'. Actually that's a good name for it, The S Snail.lol.

CarlaOlavarría
Community Member
7 years ago

I NEEEEEEEEED ONE OF THESE!!!!!

DonGuild
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome little unit. I want one.

BadBoyBel
Community Member
7 years ago

Why they not build square shape for better inside space?

Arjan
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks great, but I wouldn't want mine on top of a mountain. Also no white interior bcs in these location that won't last for even a day.

WendyAllen
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cute!

DianePeters
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd like one.

BonnyWright
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one!

IllumationErwinus
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it!

CapNemo
Community Member
6 years ago

A 9744 Watt Hour battery capacity alone costs about $8,000-$10,000 dollars just for the battery or batteries. So the unit probably is considerably more. A tiny home at $100 per sq. foot x their 86 sq. ft. setup should not cost more than $10,000, the battery alone already costs about that so as the Stooges say "We shall see but we shall see".

MasonVerger
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually for two Grand delivery they can drop out off at the top of that gorgeous mountain in the picture lol. It's basically a fancy caravan

MasonVerger
Community Member
6 years ago

Man ii love these, they look wicked IMO and i want one now with my zero zero bank balance. At least the bailiffs won't be able to find me..'

DavidLatham
Community Member
6 years ago

http://www.playandro...ke-My-Money.jpg

KathrynBresser
Community Member
6 years ago

This is amazing and so self sufficient. I would buy one of these without question if I knew for sure how much they were, and where I could put it. If it is reasonably priced. I along with so many others are seeking something like this , but cannot afford an outrageous amount, we are hardworking people, who earn every penny and would love to own something like this, we are not looking for a handout but a fair and reasonable price would just be wonderful. We could all benefit from something like this.. I just love it, and want one so badly.

WylieMitchell
Community Member
6 years ago

no mention of shipping i n the FAQ and price will announced end of this year. it weighs 1500lbs so not going to cost $5.99 for shipping. just common sense

CapNemo
Community Member
6 years ago

Sorry, you got the weight wrong. It is 1500 kilo grams which is over 3,000 lbs. Remember in Europe they measure things differently to confuse us.

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ChrisMeggs
Community Member
7 years ago

Think I need to find out more about the systems that support this, solar cells, water treatment and so on. Must be a map of the UK that can be mapped onto self-sufficiency figures to show where it is viable and where it is not. ?

OttilieMoran
Community Member
7 years ago

anybody thinking about the zombie apocalypse and how perfect this would be?

DarlineLudemann
Community Member
7 years ago

I love it. Everything you need!

JaneBailey
Community Member
7 years ago

If they were needed in an Emergency would there be quantity discount.... I think I saw somewhere they would cost about 35k with shipping? Would that be affordable for major charities ..?

AndreAudette
Community Member
7 years ago

Price of a Bambi airstream and a Tesla battery!

OussamaLoulidi
Community Member
7 years ago

Too expensive for now maybe in future ^^

StevenSHEEHAN
Community Member
7 years ago

Great design

JohnMiller
Community Member
7 years ago

What would you do with all that space?

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that campfire is a wee bit close to that overhead door :)

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that fire is a wee bit too close to that overhead door :)

CarlaOlavarría
Community Member
7 years ago

I NEED ONE OF THESE!!!!!!!!!!

LeslieMunson
Community Member
7 years ago

You must be very well to do in order to own a tiny house or a unit like this. Faux rich that a tiny house should cost over fifty thousand dollars. Way more in most cases. Just keep overpopulating, it will take care of itself.

AmyMurray
Community Member
7 years ago

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/for/5024287679.html

CraigJungers
Community Member
7 years ago

You can't use them "anyplace". Many cities and counties have laws against overnight sleeping in anything other than a regular house, motel, hotel or approved RV park. This includes your own property. So at $30 a night you'll be fine...

quepwirtoy
Community Member
7 years ago

Laws can be and often are changed to allow for exceptions.

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pinkskies
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cool...and frighteningly futuristic.

HenkRamaakers
Community Member
7 years ago

They would like that in refugee camps?

BadBoyBel
Community Member
7 years ago

Why they not make square shape for better space inside?

FilipeClaro
Community Member
7 years ago

a trailer with no weels? how imaginative!

ŻannaBiałecka
Community Member
7 years ago

There is bed, and shower room, something like kitchen, but what about washing is no place for

TinaMLoonsfoot
Community Member
7 years ago

A little small.

VincentAlberti
Community Member
7 years ago

The shipping costs are pretty normal for a container on a ship. It's not that they charge it... the shipping company charges it. You're free to pick your own shipping company. For Europe prices will be lower as the capsules can be shipped by road transport.

RachaelJensen
Community Member
7 years ago

If they cost 35 thousand then they are not going to be used for emergency's like hurricane relief or anything. they will sell a few to very rich people who want one of everything and that will be it.

Eddie77
Community Member
7 years ago

I prefer a camper...

Conghai
Community Member
7 years ago

How do they supply water? I can guess power is from solar pannel, yet couldn't figure out where is water coming from

WSzabóPéter
Community Member
7 years ago

It has a rainwater collector system. It collects rain and condense-water below the capsule in a rather large tank. See the site for the diagram on how it works.

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YvetteMuir
Community Member
7 years ago

Total awesomeness! I want!!

JaneySiegrist
Community Member
7 years ago

Take my MONEY!

SallyVogel
Community Member
7 years ago

Cute, but I can't see how it can "comfortably" sleep two.

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

the bed slides out to become a double as I read the diagram (the dashed lines)

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KimBarsegian
Community Member
7 years ago

lovely! ^_^

JanHelebrant
Community Member
7 years ago

I see many problems here - how to get drinking water there and what to do with wastewater? Other one is whether the solar panels + wind turbine can provide enough energy. And last - I can imagine many problems in winter/rainy weather - coming with wet clothes and shoes covered with mud directly into the main room - no hall there. The same on the beach - in windy weather you would probably have sand everywhere.

MrTree1779
Community Member
7 years ago

And at 1500-2700 Euros for shipping, we can safely assume that each Eurocapsule will cost about 150-270,000 Euros, and will be available to folks who have a quarter of a million to throw away on a cute little mobile home. So, yeah, not a place for the poor, despite being "eco friendly" and capable of being "emergency shelter".

RoseyGoodman
Community Member
7 years ago

Get the facts before tossing around bullshit numbers.

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EvaKlevska
Community Member
7 years ago

Unless they plan to charge something stupid for them, I'll probably buy one. :)

JurisT
Community Member
7 years ago

They are asking 2k for shipping. No thanks

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DebBie
Community Member
7 years ago

I suggest we start mass producing them and use them to house those poor refugees or victims of earthquakes asap!

TerriGold
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one.

GionKonradRabara
Community Member
7 years ago

Same i want 1 too

Load More Replies...
OksanaPolsley
Community Member
7 years ago

Even with all the views on the expense involved etc.. I LOVE the idea,,its HIGH TIME we humans started thinking about ecohomes & using a much smaller footprint in terms of use of space & invading the planet with massive amounts of buildings & using up natures "living" areas..i say HURRH for these designers & lets move forward with making them feasible for all to have!

EdEllis
Community Member
7 years ago

It is a great start, with mass production the price would drop. Competing products would become available also at lower prices. This is the future, perhaps not everybody's though!

marilenasuarezsolis
Community Member
7 years ago

I think we ought to celebrate the creativity and the effort of the inventors of the capsule. I hope someday it is available to everyone.

RajivSaxena
Community Member
7 years ago

Need one badly. Great idea converted sensibly.

ŻannaBiałecka
Community Member
7 years ago

there is bed, kitchen, shower, but where to fit washingmashine

DanFinnegan
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one too...me and my Doberman would do fine with one of these.

JoeWalley
Community Member
7 years ago

Be nice if it had wheels neat idea ..

OttilieMoran
Community Member
7 years ago

was anybody else thinking about a zombie apocalypse and how perfect this would be?

EdwinaLee
Community Member
7 years ago

It says here "Price of the Ecocapsule will be announced in the last quarter of 2015". So please no more bullshitting about how much it costs until the price is announced. [I appeal to these people to have above zero integrity]

RogerBennett
Community Member
7 years ago

An old caravan is much cheaper and is even towable not like that 'snail'. Actually that's a good name for it, The S Snail.lol.

CarlaOlavarría
Community Member
7 years ago

I NEEEEEEEEED ONE OF THESE!!!!!

DonGuild
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome little unit. I want one.

BadBoyBel
Community Member
7 years ago

Why they not build square shape for better inside space?

Arjan
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks great, but I wouldn't want mine on top of a mountain. Also no white interior bcs in these location that won't last for even a day.

WendyAllen
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cute!

DianePeters
Community Member
7 years ago

I'd like one.

BonnyWright
Community Member
7 years ago

I want one!

IllumationErwinus
Community Member
7 years ago

Love it!

CapNemo
Community Member
6 years ago

A 9744 Watt Hour battery capacity alone costs about $8,000-$10,000 dollars just for the battery or batteries. So the unit probably is considerably more. A tiny home at $100 per sq. foot x their 86 sq. ft. setup should not cost more than $10,000, the battery alone already costs about that so as the Stooges say "We shall see but we shall see".

MasonVerger
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually for two Grand delivery they can drop out off at the top of that gorgeous mountain in the picture lol. It's basically a fancy caravan

MasonVerger
Community Member
6 years ago

Man ii love these, they look wicked IMO and i want one now with my zero zero bank balance. At least the bailiffs won't be able to find me..'

DavidLatham
Community Member
6 years ago

http://www.playandro...ke-My-Money.jpg

KathrynBresser
Community Member
6 years ago

This is amazing and so self sufficient. I would buy one of these without question if I knew for sure how much they were, and where I could put it. If it is reasonably priced. I along with so many others are seeking something like this , but cannot afford an outrageous amount, we are hardworking people, who earn every penny and would love to own something like this, we are not looking for a handout but a fair and reasonable price would just be wonderful. We could all benefit from something like this.. I just love it, and want one so badly.

WylieMitchell
Community Member
6 years ago

no mention of shipping i n the FAQ and price will announced end of this year. it weighs 1500lbs so not going to cost $5.99 for shipping. just common sense

CapNemo
Community Member
6 years ago

Sorry, you got the weight wrong. It is 1500 kilo grams which is over 3,000 lbs. Remember in Europe they measure things differently to confuse us.

Load More Replies...
ChrisMeggs
Community Member
7 years ago

Think I need to find out more about the systems that support this, solar cells, water treatment and so on. Must be a map of the UK that can be mapped onto self-sufficiency figures to show where it is viable and where it is not. ?

OttilieMoran
Community Member
7 years ago

anybody thinking about the zombie apocalypse and how perfect this would be?

DarlineLudemann
Community Member
7 years ago

I love it. Everything you need!

JaneBailey
Community Member
7 years ago

If they were needed in an Emergency would there be quantity discount.... I think I saw somewhere they would cost about 35k with shipping? Would that be affordable for major charities ..?

AndreAudette
Community Member
7 years ago

Price of a Bambi airstream and a Tesla battery!

OussamaLoulidi
Community Member
7 years ago

Too expensive for now maybe in future ^^

StevenSHEEHAN
Community Member
7 years ago

Great design

JohnMiller
Community Member
7 years ago

What would you do with all that space?

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that campfire is a wee bit close to that overhead door :)

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that fire is a wee bit too close to that overhead door :)

CarlaOlavarría
Community Member
7 years ago

I NEED ONE OF THESE!!!!!!!!!!

LeslieMunson
Community Member
7 years ago

You must be very well to do in order to own a tiny house or a unit like this. Faux rich that a tiny house should cost over fifty thousand dollars. Way more in most cases. Just keep overpopulating, it will take care of itself.

AmyMurray
Community Member
7 years ago

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/for/5024287679.html

CraigJungers
Community Member
7 years ago

You can't use them "anyplace". Many cities and counties have laws against overnight sleeping in anything other than a regular house, motel, hotel or approved RV park. This includes your own property. So at $30 a night you'll be fine...

quepwirtoy
Community Member
7 years ago

Laws can be and often are changed to allow for exceptions.

Load More Replies...
pinkskies
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cool...and frighteningly futuristic.

HenkRamaakers
Community Member
7 years ago

They would like that in refugee camps?

BadBoyBel
Community Member
7 years ago

Why they not make square shape for better space inside?

FilipeClaro
Community Member
7 years ago

a trailer with no weels? how imaginative!

ŻannaBiałecka
Community Member
7 years ago

There is bed, and shower room, something like kitchen, but what about washing is no place for

TinaMLoonsfoot
Community Member
7 years ago

A little small.

VincentAlberti
Community Member
7 years ago

The shipping costs are pretty normal for a container on a ship. It's not that they charge it... the shipping company charges it. You're free to pick your own shipping company. For Europe prices will be lower as the capsules can be shipped by road transport.

RachaelJensen
Community Member
7 years ago

If they cost 35 thousand then they are not going to be used for emergency's like hurricane relief or anything. they will sell a few to very rich people who want one of everything and that will be it.

Eddie77
Community Member
7 years ago

I prefer a camper...

Conghai
Community Member
7 years ago

How do they supply water? I can guess power is from solar pannel, yet couldn't figure out where is water coming from

WSzabóPéter
Community Member
7 years ago

It has a rainwater collector system. It collects rain and condense-water below the capsule in a rather large tank. See the site for the diagram on how it works.

Load More Replies...
YvetteMuir
Community Member
7 years ago

Total awesomeness! I want!!

JaneySiegrist
Community Member
7 years ago

Take my MONEY!

SallyVogel
Community Member
7 years ago

Cute, but I can't see how it can "comfortably" sleep two.

dougSinger
Community Member
7 years ago

the bed slides out to become a double as I read the diagram (the dashed lines)

Load More Replies...
KimBarsegian
Community Member
7 years ago

lovely! ^_^

JanHelebrant
Community Member
7 years ago

I see many problems here - how to get drinking water there and what to do with wastewater? Other one is whether the solar panels + wind turbine can provide enough energy. And last - I can imagine many problems in winter/rainy weather - coming with wet clothes and shoes covered with mud directly into the main room - no hall there. The same on the beach - in windy weather you would probably have sand everywhere.

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