Prepare for end of days with self-sustaining eco-pod

27 May 2015

Image via Ecocapsule

Take note ‘preppers’, if you’re to survive the end of the world then you’re going to need a self-sustaining home, so look no further than the Ecocapsule, which has its own solar power, wind energy and water systems.

While it doesn’t necessarily have to be for some potential Armageddon scenario, the Slovakian company’s eco-pod would be able to allow someone to live comfortably, provided they had a source of food, for a long, long time.

The futuristic pod looks like something akin to a 1950s trailer park caravan, but on its outside it features an array of energy-generating and storage tech, including a small 750W wind turbine, 2.62mof solar panels on its roof and a rain collector that can be used as the Ecocapsule’s running water supply.

Ecocapsule interior

Ecocapsule interior image via Ecocapsule

The company says that, while it would definitely be snug, the Ecocapsule can house two adults and has a bed, built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and even a hot shower.

The other benefit is that it can be taken on the road when you’re trying to either start your new off-the-grid home, or flee some terrifying end-of-days event, by hitching it to the back of a car.

Illustration of how the Ecocapsule generates energy

Illustration via Ecocapsule

The 11m2 pod hasn’t been released just yet, however, as the company plans to launch sometime in the first half of 2016, but it has revealed that shipping will not come cheap, with potential customers in, for example, Johannesburg, having to pay €2,700 to get it shipped from Slovakia.

The public will get its first climpse of the Ecocapsule on 28 May at the Pioneers festival in Vienna.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic