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An example of a truly off-grid home, Ecocapsule is equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine. It can also harvest rainwater as well as filter water from natural sources. Designed by a Slovak company of the same name, Ecocapsule is completely transportable, allowing people to live as far from civilization as desired.
Ecocapsule measures 4.67m long, 2.20m wide and 2.50m tall (4.1m tall with the extended wind turbine pole). Its spherical shape is designed to maximize the collection of rainwater and dew. The water filters consequently ensure the transformation of water from any natural source into clean water. The design of the outer shell also minimizes energy loss. Hollow walls with highly efficient thermal insulation protect inhabitants from a potentially harsh environment and help to achieve an energy performance almost on the level of a passive house.
Ecocapsule is powered by a dual system of energy production, which - in connection with high-capacity batteries - ensures energetic self-sufficiency even in the case of a temporary lack of resources. Ecocapsule also has an electric plug, enabling it to charge batteries from an external electric source if needed.
Long term off-grid stay has always been burdened by a lack of resources and constant resupply. Usually, this means a constant flow of equipment and fuel, which is time-consuming and has a negative impact on the environment. The fact that Ecocapsule is equipped with everything needed limits its impact on the environment just to its footprint.