scuola energia e ambiente
published on 1 March 2013 in water
Zero-emission Antarctic base
The scientific research station "Princess Elisabeth Antarctica", which was set up in 2009 by the International Polar Foundation, is one of the first structures that will combine different clean and efficient energy technologies in order to zero its emissions. In fact the Antarctic base is almost entirely covered with solar panels and it is provided with special wind turbines that have been designed to resist in the rigid Antarctic climate and that can turn off in case of strong winds. The station’s passive design and the nine layers of insulation protect the structure and its inhabitants from the cold, and can decrease its energy requirements to a minimum level. Lastly, the station is equipped with an innovative water treatment system that can treat waste water and purify 60% of the same.