Friday, March 10, 2017

Solar power in Antarctica?

When some people think about efficient homes, they often assume that they wouldn't work in extremely cold climates. This assumption is fed by the typical reality, at least in North America, that a lot of energy is needed to keep a home warm in winter. Of course little do most people realize, it's mostly to do with the poor insulation of the home.

Which is why I love that there is a zero emission station in Antarctica. The Princess Elizabeth research station, owned by Belgium, is powered by solar, at times by 24 hour sunshine, and a great deal by wind.

This station maintains its internal temperatures using only incoming sunlight and the heat produced by human beings and the station's electrical appliances - there are no heaters.

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