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Published on January 22nd, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Antarctica Turning to Solar, Wind Power

January 22nd, 2009 by  

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Antarctica seems more like a dead zone than a haven for renewable energy, but solar and wind power are slowly taking hold on Antarctic research bases. The Rothera base already has a $58,000 set of solar thermal panels that generate 15 kW of energy, and soon it will receive $11,000 German Ritter Solar GmbH panels. According to Rothera scientist William Ray, more solar energy can be collected on the Antarctic Peninsula than in London.

Wind energy is also becoming popular on Antarctic research bases— probably because Antarctica is the windiest place on earth.

A New Zealand company called Meridian is set to ship wind turbines to New Zealand’s Scott Base and the American Antarctic station for what will be be the most southerly wind farm in the world. The turbines, which will replace fuel-powered generators, could save up to 500,000 liters of fuel each year.

Australia’s Mawson base has been using two 300 MW wind turbines since 2003.

Anyone installing solar panels and wind turbines in Antarctica has to be ready for the most extreme weather conditions imaginable. But if we can cut fuel costs to Antarctic bases, more money can go towards important climate research.

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  • raminagrobis

    Ok course it’s 300 kW, not MW.

    A 300 MW turbine would be several kilometers in diameter.

  • raminagrobis

    Ok course it’s 300 kW, not MW.

    A 300 MW turbine would be several kilometers in diameter.

  • Ken

    Scott base holds about 15-60 depending on the season. McMurdo Station just down the road a bit and where I work, holds 125-110 depending on the season. As windy as it is, this is a great idea. The main off continent transmission site is run by solar, wind turbines, and diesel. The diesel generators only kick in when the other two can’t keep up.

  • Ken

    Scott base holds about 15-60 depending on the season. McMurdo Station just down the road a bit and where I work, holds 125-110 depending on the season. As windy as it is, this is a great idea. The main off continent transmission site is run by solar, wind turbines, and diesel. The diesel generators only kick in when the other two can’t keep up.

  • Ariel Schwartz

    Reuters says 300 MW – it’s not much, but I’m also not sure how large the base is.

  • Paul

    You might want to edit this:

    “Australia’s Mawson base has been using two 300 MW wind turbines since 2003”

    Considering a ‘large’ commercial wind turbine is 1.5MW you might mean 300 KW.

  • Paul

    You might want to edit this:

    “Australia’s Mawson base has been using two 300 MW wind turbines since 2003”

    Considering a ‘large’ commercial wind turbine is 1.5MW you might mean 300 KW.

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