The Ecocapsule is the Off-grid Home of the Future

By Karissa Bell-Mashable.com

Living in a tiny wind and solar-powered pod that can be taken almost anywhere on the planet may sound more like something out of a science fiction movie than a reality, but a European company says it has created just that.

The Ecocapsule is designed to offer the “convenience of household facilities in off-grid conditions,” according to the Slovakia-based company Nice Architects. Each pod is fully self-sufficient, thanks to a a high capacity wind and solar-powered battery and water filtration system while its small size makes it extremely portable, the company says.

“With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility, it is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit,” the company writes on its website.

At roughly 120 square feet, the Ecocapsule takes tiny living accommodations to the next level, though the company says each pod can “comfortably” house two adults. Each one has a bed, kitchenette, bathroom and small work space with a table and chairs and comes with running water, hot showers and flushing toilet.

The pod runs off wind and solar power and is equipped with a wind turbine and solar cells, which fuel the capsules’ 9,744 watt-hour battery. It also has tools to collect and reuse rainwater and dew. Between its solar and wind power and water collection systems, Nice Architects say the Ecocapsule can support you for as much as a year at a time in off-the-grid locations.

See pictures and learn more about this ultra cool off the grid pod here.

Basic specs:

  • Dimensions: (HxLxW)2.55×4.45×2.25m/4.5m with extended pole
  • Weigh: 1500kg
  • Installed power output: wind 750W solar 600W
  • Battery capacity: 9744Wh