Couple converts 16-year-old van into a compact solar home on wheels

February 24, 2017 by  
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An increasing number of digital nomads are replacing their conventional houses with practical, mobile homes powered by renewable energy technologies . Freelancer photographer Norbert Juhász and his fiancée Dora, a writer, have joined the fray with a 16-year-old van they transformed into a solar-powered home on wheels, and they’re driving it from Budapest to Morocco. While the exterior of the van is unremarkable, its interior packs all the amenities the couple needs on their journey. A multifunctional seat turns into a bed for two and includes a storage space and electrical system underneath. Opposite the bed is a small kitchen unit with a gas cooktop, gas cylinder, sink and a large water tank with a pressure-sensing pump. The tank is connected to an extra hook-up that leads to the rear of the van, where the water is used for quick showers. An L-shaped cabinet accommodates a refrigerator and more storage spaces, and features another section that doubles as a seating structure. Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer The vehicle is powered by a 12-volt electrical system charged by either the 250-watt solar panels mounted on the roof, or the engine’s generator. Excess energy can be stored in 200-Ah batteries attached to an inverter. The couple spent around $7,200 for the van’s transformation, including its custom-made furniture. They will travel through Southern Europe all the way to Morocco, and document their journey on the Rundabella website and Facebook page . + Norbert Juhász + Rundabella Via Treehugger Photos by Norbert Juhász

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Italian woman restores old van to travel the world with her rescue dog

January 17, 2017 by  
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Marina Piro is a woman on a mission to travel the world, but she wouldn’t dream of leaving her precious rescue dog, Odie, behind. So, the Italian world traveler took matters into her own hands by completely restoring a 2001 Renault Kangoo Van into the lovingly named Pam the Van , a roaming tiny home on wheels, fully equipped to take her and beloved furry fido on plenty of worldly adventures. Piro’s adventures started early in life when she realized she wanted to be a “self sufficient forest fairy.” Her second goal? To travel the world with Odie. So the Italian-born traveler mixed her two goals and bought the 15-year-old van in order to convert it (completely on her own) into a compact, but comfy home on wheels . Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel Piro’s first step in the renovation process was to completely gut the old vehicle from top to bottom. She then began to create her living quarters by replacing the floor and building a kitchenette and her bed. For lighting, she installed LED lights . After adding a few homey touches like curtains and house plants, the old van was reborn as Pam the Van. Although she is enjoying her nomadic lifestyle , she does admit that van life with a dog has its disadvantages, including restrictions on her own freedom, inability to leave Odie “at home”, and the overall messiness that comes with living in close quarters with a furry dog. She explains that, “Despite being the most practical solution, van life with a dog can be difficult at times and you must consider various aspects of it before throwing yourself into it.” Despite the drawbacks, she and Odie are loving their adventures, which she posts on her Instagram account. + Pam the Van Via My Modern Met Images via Pam the Van

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

December 30, 2014 by  
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Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet

December 30, 2014 by  
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Moscow State University just received Russia’s largest-ever scientific grant in a bid to create a vertible ‘Noah’s Ark’ containing the DNA of every living and extinct creature on the planet. The concept is similar to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway , however Russia’s DNA ark would become the world’s first database of its kind. The project is set to be completed by 2018 and, according to reports, it will be 430 sq km in size – over 40 times the size of the Svalbard seed vault. Read the rest of Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal bank , animal dna vault , dna bank , extinct animals , Moscow State University , noah’s ark , seed bank

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

December 30, 2014 by  
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