The Ecocapsule smart home is self-sustainable and powers itself through solar and wind energy. Using green energy for power and rain water for a constant water supply, the egg-shaped smart home is an efficient machine. It works to store energy and water even while you’re sleeping.
The innovative little home is large enough for two people. There’s a prototype on display in Bratislava, Slovakia. If you can’t make it to Slovakia anytime soon, read on to learn more about the Ecocapsule smart home.
Size and Shape
With the wind turbine, the Ecocapsule is almost 15 feet tall (4.5 m to be exact). Without the turbine, the home is a little over 8 feet tall (2.55 m), 14.6 feet long (4.45 m), and almost 7.5 feet wide (2.25 m).
The weight of the home can be up to 4189 lbs (1900 kg) with the rain water tank at full capacity. With the tank empty, the home weighs 2645 lbs (1200 kg).
The egg shape of the Ecocapsule minimizes heat loss and collects rain water. The water is stored at the bottom of the home. The smart home filters the rain water for your use at the faucet or shower.
Ease of Transportation
Two Ecocapsule smart homes can fit into a 40′ High-Cube container shipped to overseas destinations. If you live in Europe though, yours may come shipped in a truck.
The smart home has four small wheels, so it can be transported as a tow. It also has two hooks on the roof so a crane, forklift, or even helicopter could pick it up for a more remote or specific destination. If you want to transport the little home though, you should lower the wind turbine as low as it will go to avoid obstacles. When it’s time to set up camp, raise the wind turbine to start generating some power passively.
The minds behind Ecocapsule really put a lot of thought into the materials and features of the little home. First things first, if you’re living off-grid but need to get online, Ecocapsule conveniently comes with a data network connection. If you’re in a spot that receives 2G/3G/4G data, you can Facetime Mom to say hello. This is a little difficult to achieve in real wilderness though, so if you’re truly living off-grid, the strength or possibility of a connection is probably non-existent.
With heated floors, bathroom with shower, and a little kitchen, the Ecocapsule smart home evokes feelings of “glamping” in nature. It’s designed for extended off-grid living for up to a year. We assume that after a year, filters need to be changed and maintenance needs to be performed.
The company guarantee 100% manufacturing quality. They provide a standard warranty, depending on the country of delivery. Repairs will be done by sales representatives in each country or region. The company says that they designed the Ecocapsule smart home to meet all necessary safety regulations and certifications in their countries of sale.
The first-generation Ecocapsule costs around $95,000 (EUR 79,900). The company’s ultimate goal is to make the Ecocapsule as affordable as possible for everyone, so they promise a lower price in the future.
To secure a home, the company requires a reservation fee of 5%. The deposit for first-generation Ecocapsules is not refundable, but second-generation Ecocapsule deposits are refunded upon request.
The Ecocapsule is great for living off of the Earth and nature. Literally. With the wind turbine, solar panels, and rainwater-gathering structure, the smart home has almost no emissions.
Whether you connect it to a grid or take it off-grid, the tiny house is completely self-sufficient. If you’re in a drought-stricken area, you can pull water from lakes or rivers to supply your needs.
Solar cells on the roof can produce up to 600 Watts. The low-noise wind turbine generates up to 750 Watts all day. A battery stores unused energy. A fully charged battery will provide electric energy for at least four days. This is based on an average 2.2 kW daily consumption, which is an above average energy use.
The toilet is waterless, composting and separating. The company plans to release an incineration toilet in their second-generation units.
The Ecocapsule’s furniture is made from lightweight honeycomb panels with a wood veneer finish. The furniture includes a desk, cabinets, and racks. Also included is a folding bed with a mattress (6.5ft x 4.7ft / 2m x 1.45m when unfolded) and kitchen cabinets.
The Ecocapsule isn’t out quite yet. First-generation units will ship in late 2017. The first batch of 50 units will be delivered before the end of Q3 2018.