World's First Wind & Solar Powered Antarctic Research Station Officially Opened

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In Antarctica on Sunday the world's first "zero emission research station" was officially opened: The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Commissioned in 2004 by the Belgian government, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica (sounds like a hotel, doesn't it?) will allow 20 scientists to carry out research on climate change, and, apart from getting down there, not contribute to it while doing that research:The whole base is powered through renewable energy sources: Eight small-scale wind turbines, as well as solar panels provide all the electricity; solar thermal technology melts snow to provide water. Currently, this is the only polar research station entirely powered through renewable energy, most bases being powered by diesel generators.

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photos: R.Robert/International Polar Foundation

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