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Live off the Grid in Nice Architects’ Wind and Solar-Powered Ecocapsule

Live off the Grid in Nice Architects’ Wind and Solar-Powered Ecocapsule

Living off the grid just got a little bit easier, thanks to Nice Architects’ Ecocapsule, a self-sufficient, portable pod that is powered by solar and wind energy. Unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, the micro-home’s spherical shape is designed to maximize the collection of rainwater and minimize energy loss.

The Ecocapsule includes a 9,744 watt-hour battery, which is charged by a built-in 750-watt wind turbine, and 2.6 square meters of solar panels. The energy system can support someone living off the grid for about a year, depending on the location, according to the architects. The unit also contains a built-in kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet and hot water.  

Learn more about the Ecocapsule and view images after the break.

© Tomas Manina
© Tomas Manina
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Courtesy of Nice Architects

Measuring 2.55 meters tall, 4.45 meters long and 2.25 meters wide, the Ecocapsule is designed to house two people. At 1,500 kilograms, the pod fits into a standard shipping container and can be “easily transferred” by land or sea.

Courtesy of Nice Architects
Courtesy of Nice Architects
Courtesy of Nice Architects
Courtesy of Nice Architects

Nice Architects aim to make the Ecocapsule available for purchase in the last quarter of 2015. Learn more here.

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Cite: Katie Watkins. "Live off the Grid in Nice Architects’ Wind and Solar-Powered Ecocapsule" 02 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/637889/live-off-the-grid-in-nice-architects-wind-and-solar-powered-ecocapsule/> ISSN 0719-8884
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