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All about Ecocapsule (FAQ)

Imagine. A warm mountain cabin in the great outdoors.A beach cabana on a remote island.A quiet studio in the countryside.A geeky hotel pod near your house. A spot for your loud teenager… Imagine an opportunity to getaway and enjoy an authentic life in nature.

What is the Ecocapsule?

The Ecocapsule is an opportunity for an eco-life. It does not need to be plugged into the traditional power and water supply as it is self-sustaining and can generate both resources from the surrounding environment.

Officially, the Ecocapsule is a compact mobile home which can enable off-grid living under specific conditions and in specific environments.

Legal note: the Ecocapsule is designed for extended off-grid living for up to a year* for 1 – 2 people. (*This is dependent on various geographic and local conditions. Exact user manual will be provided.)

Where can I get the Ecocapsule?

Right here on this website. We offer three options:

Ecocapsule first generation (limited edition): only 50 units will be produced which can be exclusively customized to each owner’s requirements.

Ecocapsule second generation: will be available for general sale in 2017.

Bulk / custom orders

What else can I get?

We see the Ecocapsule as a platform for innovation and encourage designers to create products specifically for the capsule, such as furniture, safety or power systems, efficient storage units and so on. If your design or product meets Ecocapsule’s quality criteria, we will endorse it.

We also have a small merchandising section on our website where you order souvenirs and help us realize the Ecocapsule dream. And we’re planning an e-shop that will sell supplies for the Ecocapsule – it will be open in the near future so stay tuned …

Can I connect the Ecocapsule to an external power and water supply?

Yes, of course. The Ecocapsule has the best possible shape for collecting rainwater and minimizing thermal losses. The Ecocapsule is also capable of efficient power generation(up to 1.35 kW installed power)and storage (10 kW battery pack as default option). In most locations these external sources of water and electricity will not be necessary however you can use Ecocapsule connected to grids as well.

Can I really put the Ecocapsule anywhere?

The Ecocapsule does not require a building permit but you may need permission from the landowner or relevant authority, depending on where you choose to locate it. We absolutely recommend you check with your local authority and/or check your country’s or region’s regulations in this respect.

What does the Ecocapsule cost?

Our first generation Ecocapsule is priced at EUR 79,000 excluding VAT.

Will the Ecocapsule always cost this much?

For all those who would love their own Ecocapsule but cannot afford the current price, we guarantee the cost of our capsule will be lower as production increases in the future. If you simply cannot wait to get your own Ecocapsule but still view the price as quite high, remember you are buying into our exclusive Pioneers club and as such you’ll be helping us to realize the Ecocapsule dream – our project needs your support to become a reality.

Furthermore, all profits realized from the sale of our limited edition 50 units will be used to expand our production capacity and develop future generations of the Ecocapsule. This economy of scale and the fast developing technologies as far as batteries, wind turbines and solar power cells are concerned will ensure that we can make the Ecocapsule far more cost-effective in the future.

Please remember our ultimate goal is to make the Ecocapsule as affordable as possible for everyone.

How does the order process work?

 

If you would like to become the proud owner of an Ecocapsule, you are welcome to contact us anytime. But first, please read this document and follow the instructions on our website.

In response to your interest shown, we will send you a contract. The reservation fee of 5% must be paid once the contract has been signed. Further payment milestones will be specified in the contract provided.

Does the price cover customs?

A customs fee may apply outside EU, and may differ from country to country. We will provide you with the relevant information on request and prior to your order.

Is the deposit refundable?

Regarding orders of the first generation limited edition Ecocapsule, no, the deposit is not refundable. Regarding the deposit for the second generation Ecocapsules, we will return the deposit to you upon request. Please note, however, that by requesting a refund you will lose your place in the order queue. Charges that would lower the amount of deposit returned, such as PayPal or other fees, may apply. And the refund process may take up to 45 days.

Does the Ecocapsule meet all the regulations such as fire safety, security, electrical, etc.?

The Ecocapsule is designed to meet all the necessary safety regulations and/or certifications in the specified countries of sale.

Will you provide a manual about how to use the unit correctly?

Sure. An extensive manual will be provided with every purchase of a brand new Ecocapsule.

How is the Ecocapsule shipped?

Two Ecocapsules can fit into a 40´HC Container. The container will be shipped to a reseller in your country, from where you can collect it. Alternatively  or it can be shipped directly to you.

What are the shipping costs?

Here are some examples of prices for two Ecocapsules in a standard container, shipped from Slovakia. All prices listed are estimates only, and are valid as of December 2015:

New York port: EUR 2,100

Houston port: EUR 2,100

Oakland port: EUR 3,600

Sydney port: EUR 1,900

Auckland port: EUR 2,100

How can I move the Ecocapsule?

The Ecocapsule has 4 small wheels (extendable from legs), so you can roll or rotate it on smooth surfaces. It also has two hooks on the roof so it can be lifted using a crane or forklift, or even with a helicopter.

 

We are currently developing a customized trailer which can be easily and simply attached to any Ecocapsule, enabling you to tow the unit behind your vehicle. The trailer will be available for order in 2016. All Ecocapsules are prepared for trailer attachment.

Do I need to modify the Ecocapsule during transport?

The only modification required is to put the extendable wind turbine pole into its lowest position. When you arrive at your destination, you just extend the pole to its maximum height again, and you’re all set to generate power using your wind turbine.

Do I need to do any site preparation?

No, the Ecocapsule does not need any foundations or ground preparations (but is capable of using them), however for correct positioning it is advised that you follow the user manual.

When will I receive my Ecocapsule?

The first generation Ecocapsules will be shipped from Q4 2016. The entire limited edition of 50 units will be delivered before the end of Q1 2017.

Further information about our second generation mass production will be announced in 2016.

You will be updated via our newsletter (if subscribed), our blog and Facebook. We will notify you by e-mail when the production of your Ecocapsule begins.

Where is your company / production site of the Ecocapsule located?

We are based in Bratislava, Slovak Republic; the heart of Europe, a member country of the European Union and the Eurozone. Yes, the Slovak Republic is the country that produces the most cars per capita in the world. And Aeromobil. We have production capacities in Slovakia as well.

Which countries will you be shipping the Ecocapsules to?

Our first generation limited edition will be shipped only within the European Union and Associated countries and to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Our second generation mass production units will be shipped worldwide with no limitation.

Do you have any resellers in my country?

We will have resellers in every country where we ship the Ecocapsule. The list of resellers will be made available prior to the shipment of our first units. The resellers will provide a contact point as well as services and warranties for their country of sale.

Where can I view the Ecocapsule?

Our prototype is on display in Bratislava, Slovakia.  As we produce more units, with the intention of displaying them at shows and exhibitions, so our published list of units will be updated. We also plan to showcase the units in reseller’s showrooms in the future.

Do you offer a customized Ecocapsule?

Yes, there is certainly the possibility of customizing aspects of the Ecocapsule such as the exterior finish color, furniture and floor finish, and equipment. Please contact us for information regarding your exact customization options.

How long can I live off the battery power, in the case there is no energy generation from the sun and wind?

This depends on many variables but a fully charged battery will provide electric energy for at least four days. We base this calculation on an average 2.2 kW daily consumption; this is on the high end of the scale and takes into account intensive heating requirements. The Ecocapsule, however, provides two separate ways of generating energy –from the sun and the wind, the latter of which works even during the night, so the probability of draining the battery is very low. Our calculations for several geographical locations show the maximum expected number of days per year without electricity, and this can be solved by ordering a higher-capacity battery pack (we are preparing for this in 2016).

What are the maintenance and operational costs?

They are not big at all. You just need to change the water filters and maintain your Ecocapsule as you would a “normal” house.

What are the basic specifications?

Dimensions: (LxWxH) 4.45m × 2.25m × 2.55m / height 4.5m with the wind turbine pole extended

Weight: 1200kg when empty / 1900kg with full water tanks

Installed power output: wind 750W, solar 600W

Gross floor area: 8.2m2

Useable floor area: 6.3m2

Battery capacity: 10 kWh (default option)

And the materials used?

The Ecocapsule body is made from high-capacity, insulated fiberglass shells overlaid on an aluminum framework.

Energy production system:

           - Low-noise wind turbine on telescopic pole, braced, height approximately 4.5m when extended, installed power output 750W

           - High efficiency solar panels on the roof, installed power output 600W

Electrical system:

           - Basic system: 12V/24V, sockets 110/230V

           - Electric installation: Electric cabinet, cable system, sockets, switches, sensors

           - Batteries: min. 10kWh

           - Lighting: 12V, LED lights

           - Lightning protection

           - Optional equipment: mini-fridge, mini-washmachine

           - External connection to 110/230V network

Heating and Ventilation system:

           - Floor heating. Optional AC unit with low energy consumption will be available with the second generation Ecocapsule.

           - Direct ventilation via windows, indirect via passive heat recuperation unit

           - Water heater for kitchen and sanitary usage

Control system and internet:

           - Smart home system and sensors

           - Home system interface: Tablet app

           - Data network connection (within 2G/3G/4G coverage)

That’s really cool but what about water? That's what I'm most concerned about.

You don't have to be! Water is collected, filtered and available at your convenience. The Ecocapsule bathroom works like any other bathroom, and is equipped with a water saving faucet and shower head. The water storage tank has a high capacity, and you can add water from any source such as a lake or river, and it will be filtered by the system prior to you using it.

How exactly does the filtration system work?

Again, your water comes from two sources: it is either collected as rainwater or topped up from any other external source (stream, lake, camp water, etc.). It is cleaned via a series of filters including a reverse osmosis filter. This system filters out 99,998% of dirt, so you are left with clean, usable water. Drinking water is also provided by the filters installed on the faucets.

And, you know, the toilet facilities?

We've got this covered, too.  The toilet is waterless, composting and separating. And we’re working on an incineration toilet for our second generation Ecocapsule units.

OK, tell me more about the furniture.

Our furniture is made from lightweight honeycomb panels with a wood veneer finish. The furniture includes a desk, cabinets, racks, folding bed with mattress (2m x 1.45m when unfolded), kitchenette cabinets and baggage cabinet.

What warranty do you provide? What about the service on site?

We offer a standard warranty on the manufacturing quality of the entire unit. The length of the warranty depends on the country of delivery. Should there be any issues, please contact your closest reseller.

Great, thank you! Do you have any other remarks?

Yes. All Ecocapsule product specifications and data are subject to change without notice as we are constantly striving to improve reliability, functioning, compliance, design and other aspects of the unit. The technical information and descriptions provided on our website is for overview purposes only. During and after the testing period we may provide further technical specifications. The final specifications will be available before we commence production.

Should you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us on info@ecocapsule.sk or via our social channels.

Thank you for taking the time to read this document thoroughly.