Antarctica’s most eco-friendly station powered by renewable energy
Finally the Earth’s southern most continent can boast of green, clean energy. Eight wind turbines are rolling to provide 230V of electricity to charge up the Princess Elisabeth Station. Braving temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius and 200mph wind gusts, these Scottish 6 kilowatt turbines will be able to power up the station’s heating, computers, lights and scientific instruments for up to 16 scientists at a time. Along with the usage of solar power, this station is touted to be the most eco-friendly research station in Antarctica. Till now most stations relied on diesel generators because no wind turbines were thought to be robust enough for such extreme conditions. Enduring the most severe weather conditions on the earth, the station is expected to generate highest output of any small wind power system in the world.