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It's great to live in an off-grid Egg

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by: Hans van der Broek
it s great to live in an off grid egg

Ecocapsule: off-grid charging your car

Nice Architects participated in the ideas competition of Andres Sprout Society in 2008. "Design a small living unit for an artist." They sent in a round building so that the energy loss would be limited. Moreover, the cottage could collect water itself and was easy to transport. Unfortunately, the technology for a completely off-grid building on this small scale was not yet available. Now, ten years later, Nice Architects proudly presents the 100% off-grid eco-capsule. You can even charge your electric car with it.
 2 Ecocapsules in the mountaisn with snow and people
Photos: Tomas Manina, Ecocapsule Holding

With the development of new techniques they completed the Ecocapsule version 2. Equipped with all installations that you need to live independently for a longer period of time. "Something like a Swiss army knife, you incorporate everything in your design that you need," says Matej Gyárfáš of Ecocapsule. "Long-term off-grid living and working always suffered from a lack of resources and supplies. This required a constant flow of material and supply of fuel, time-consuming and bad for the environment. Because the capsule is provide with everything you need, you give a great service to the environment."

Bulb shape has several advantages


Interior Ecocapsule
Photos: Tomas Manina, Ecocapsule Holding

Ecocapsule is a smart house that can run entirely on solar and wind energy. Matej: "The capsule enables people to reach the whole world with the luxury of a hotel room." In order to be able to respond to periods of low energy production, a large battery capacity is provided. Excess energy is stored and can be used later. The spherical shape of the Ecocapsule is also carefully shaped to optimize the collection of rainwater and morning dew. Membrane water filters are designed to purify 99.999% of the bacteria, creating a natural water source and making the water suitable for drinking.
The spherical shape of the Ecocapsule is intentionally designed to minimize energy loss. After all, this shape has the lowest outer surface in relation to the content. Hollow walls filled with high-performance thermal insulation protect the inhabitants and provide almost passive house performance. Low consumption systems and energy recovery help to further reduce energy consumption. For naturalists, emergency teams and high-rent areas.
Graphic interior ecocapsule
Graphic: Tomas Manina, Ecocapsule Holding

This is a housing unit for people who need a long-term stay in nature, for example scientists, photographers, rangers or extreme tourists. Matej adds: "Smooth mobility, containerization and energy independence open new ways to use the capsule's potential." The capsule can be shipped quickly and used as emergency housing for teams in situations where the infrastructure is damaged. Teams can immediately take up their duties without the need to first build their base and facilities. 'The capsule can even serve as a small power plant and water filtration unit.'
Furthermore, the cottage can be used as a home in an urban environment, for example for singles in the high-rent sector, such as New York. 'It can be placed on the roof or an empty parking space and can be easily loaded on a low-loader, by helicopter or on its own undercarriage.'
3 Ecocapsules on top of skyskrapers
Photos: Tomas Manina, Ecocapsule Holding

A promising future These are exciting times for Ecocapsule.

Recently the first series construction module was presented on the roof of the UNIQ building in Bratislava. This is the forerunner of a series of 50 pieces. Then the goal is to switch to mass production, which will also have a favorable effect on price formation.

What can we learn from Ecocapsule? In 2008, the idea for Ecocapsule was already born. Only the technique for a 100% off-grid model was not yet available. That technique is now available and the egg functions completely self-supporting. Sometimes the time is ripe, but the technology is not yet. Then patience and development is the only option. Nice Architects proudly presents her renewed egg ten years later.

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By: BouwTotaal, Text: Ir. Marcel van Mierlo

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Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
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