Egg-shaped micro home runs on wind, solar power

May 24, 2015 // By Rich Pell
A group of eco-conscious architects in Slovakia have developed a self-sustaining low-energy micro home powered by solar and wind energy for off-grid living.

Measuring only 14.6 feet long by 7.4 feet wide by 8.4 feet tall, the egg-shaped Ecoscapsule is said to be able to comfortably house two adults and features a bed, built-in kitchenette, composting toilet, and even a hot shower. The upper body of the Ecocapsule is covered with 2.6 m 2 of high-efficiency solar cells that can produce 600 W, and a retractable pole holds a wind turbine attached to the body that can produce 750 W.

Both the solar and wind power sources charge an on-board high-capacity 9,744-Wh battery. According to the company, Nice Architects, the Ecocapsule's energy system can support its occupants for almost an entire year in many off-grid locations.

Inside the Ecocapsule

Interior view of the Ecocapsule low-energy house.

The Ecocapsule's spherical shape is optimized for the collection of rainwater and dew. An on-board filtration system allows using a variety of water sources.

Pricing of the Ecocapsule will be announced in the fourth quarter, at which time the company will begin taking pre-orders. The first units are expected to ship in the first half of 2016.

Ecocapsule information page