Imagine having the complete and utter freedom to live off the grid and in the middle of an isolated valley or on top of a mountain with stunning panoramic views.
Well, it could soon be a reality thanks to the Ecocapsule: a new, teeny tiny smart home powered entirely by the sun and the wind. The company behind the capsule, Nice Architect, call it “dwelling with the spirit of freedom.”
The Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that offers a variety of sustainable offerings. Ultra-portable, the capsule is powered by solar and wind energy, includes rainwater collection and filtration, and even has a tiny kitchenette that can be used to prepare a hot meal.
The pod fits two people and allows its inhabitants to live off the grid for up to a year. Each 14x7x7-foot unit comes with solar panels, a retractable wind-turbine, and the capacity to capture rainwater.
The built-in 750W wind turbine and 2.6-square-meter array of high efficiency solar cells (600W output) power the Ecocapsule. A dual-power system and high-capacity battery (9,744Wh capacity) ensures the rounded shell stays operable even during times of low solar and wind activity.
In addition, the high-tech shelter is optimized for rainwater collection. Each Ecocapsule weighs approximately 1,5000 kilograms and can fit inside a standard shipping container.
The company says the Ecocapsule has a “wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.”
The pods can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal.
The walls are padded with high performance thermal insulation to save energy and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
Each pod comes fitted with a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and a hot shower.
In the egg-spaced shape measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2 feet), there seems to be enough space to compactly fit all the home necessities.
The total usable floor space is eight square meters (86 square feet), enough space, say the designers, to comfortably fit two adults. The home with a tiny footprint includes a folding bed, two large operable windows, a working/dining area, shower and flushable toilet, storage space, and a built-in kitchenette with running water.
The Ecocapsule will be available for pre-order at the end of 2015, with delivery in the first half of 2016.