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Enhancing renewable energy production in Antarctica through design and planning

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Antarctica is one of the harshest and most inhospitable environments for human activities due to its extreme climate. Traditionally, research stations in Antarctica were powered by fossil fuels. The comparably simple requirement of supplying a research station with electricity and heat in most other parts of the world can become much more challenging in Antarctica. The picture can be quite different when using solar power, as is the case at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station in the continent’s Queen Maud Land. PV Tech Power’s Simon Yuen talks to Slovenian solar company Bisol and the International Polar Foundation about features of renewable energy production at the research station which was established in 2009.

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