Antarctica’s first ever zero-emission research station supports global studies

By on January 13, 2015

The first ever zero-emission science station in Antarctica is the Princess Elisabeth Research Station, according to TreeHugger. It achieves the milestone by relying mostly on wind and solar for its power.

Built by the International Polar Foundation, the Princess Elisabeth sits on the ridge of Utsteinen Nunatak in eastern Antarctica. It is equipped with mobile labs, ice drilling equipment and skidoos for towing heavy gear.

In addition to supporting scientific research for scientists the world over, the station will also be used by the International Polar Foundation to educate people about polar research and its role in climate change. Organizers plan to use a slew of techniques to achieve that end, including interviews and live updates from the station.

The International Polar Foundation is overseen by the Belgian government, which started the organization in 2002.

Top image:¬†Antarctica’s Princess Elisabeth Research Station relies mostly on wind and solar power. (Credit: International Polar Foundation)

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