In a remote area such as Antarctica, the Earth’s southernmost continent, surrounded by the Southern Ocean, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, a polar desert, heading to this continent may be quite challenging. Thinking of where to stay in since no or few people dare to visit the continent because of its extreme weather. Traveling and visiting the continent is not like your typical Amsterdam holiday or dinner cruise in Amsterdam where you can travel smoothly, but visiting the region is one extreme long travel.
And because of the challenges that one needs to endure to travel on this continent, research stations are built to explore the continent and conduct different research on the polar region. These research stations house the scientist while on the continent to study. It also gives interior spaces while analyzing their research.
That is why International Polar Station together with the Belgian Government, built the first-ever zero-emission research station in the region, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station. The said station, cut off the headache and huge price of logistics. Thinking of a way to transport fuels and enduring the weather extremities one may encounter while transporting may be adversity and costly. Thus, the idea of having a zero-emission station is one wonderful way to sustain explorations and studies in Antarctica.
Since Antarctica has strong gusts of wind and a 24 hours sunlight every summer, they used this free and renewable energy to operate the station. By using modern technology innovatively, the builder of the station built an economically and eco-friendly station. It runs entirely out of solar and wind energy through the use of a micro smart grid, this grid’s important aspects are electronic power conditioning and control of the production and distribution of electricity. The facility is connected to nine wind turbines that are along the windy ridge of Utsteinen.
Being a zero-emission facility can help preserve the environment and pristineness of the region. It can help the continent leave untouched for future probes and explorations.