Network of Unattended Broadband Seismometers
Small solar and wind-powered units are powering five sites for year-round data collection for imaging the ice and upper crustal structure of West Antarctica.
Renewable Energy System
A training facility for the New York Air National Guard (NYANG) from late April through mid-August. This site in Greenland provides a limited amount of scientific support to arctic researchers with two year-round autonomous instrument stations.
The Firefly 120H, built by Energia Total, is a mobile, trailer-mounted, solar and wind power system, with battery energy storage and engine generator back-up. It is intended for use in supplying moderate electrical power requirements, primarily in areas with road access.
Remote Polar Geophysical Instrument Stations
The UNAVCO and IRIS/PASSCAL instrument facilities have developed robust remote polar instrument platforms. Primarily designed around GPS and seismic sensors, they are adaptable to support other low-power geophysical instrumentation.
Total network of 20 autonomous weather stations located across the Greenland ice sheet, each measuring 32 parameters for hourly transmission. Each site is powered by solar panels and power is stored in batteries.
Creek Power Stations
Two autonomous power and communications systems in support of separate instrument towers measuring gases and meteorological data. These sites are located on the North Slope of Alaska approximately 8 miles NE of Toolik Field Station and 2 miles from the Dalton Highway.
Tundra Experiment (ITEX)
Four sites are located on the North Slope of Alaska (Toolik Field Station, Imnavait Creek, Barrow Environmental Observatory, and Atqasuk). The system provides AC and DC experiment power from batteries recharged from a solar array. The experiment runs only during the summer months, when vegetation is exposed.
Autonomous Research Platform
Ivotuk is a small research site on the North Slope of Alaska supporting autonomous instrumentation that requires electrical power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Mawson Station is situated on an isolated outcrop of rock on the coast in Mac.Robertson Land, at the edge of the Antarctic plateau. Two 300kW wind turbines are capable of carrying 100% of the station load for long periods of time when the wind speed exceeds 12 m/s.
Glacier Weather Stations
This project in northern Alaska maintains year-round autonomous weather stations on and around the glacier as part of an effort to document long-term change in important glacier variables on the McCall. As of May 2005, there are four weather stations with Campbell CR10X dataloggers, requiring battery/solar systems for power.
In and around the vicinity of McMurdo Sound is an area of intensive scientific study in Antarctica. From the Dry Valleys to the top of Antarctica’s only active volcano, Mt. Erebus, the area offers unique opportunities for polar research. Numerous field camps and facilities are served through McMurdo Station:
McKinley Weather Station
High altitude (5715 m) weather station, on Mt. McKinley, powered by Lithium batteries.
Tree Growth Monitor
This data collection site near Kotzebue, Alaska, studies the factors limiting tree growth, e.g., water, nutrients. An autonomous data acquisition and relay system gathering meteorological, soil condition, and system health data hourly and reporting daily the information via Iridium satellite.
An autonomous research buoy powered by Lithium primary batteries and lead-acid rechargeables replenished through a solar array. This is the first ocean buoy in the polar regions to sample chemical constituants of the atmosphere.
This small, transportable system consists of an 80-Watt PV panel and energy storage battery. An inverter is included to provide AC for laptops, etc. The unit can be quickly set up and taken down without any tools.
|Princess Elisabeth Antarctica
The Belgian Federal Government commissioned the International Polar Foundation to build a new research station to be the first polar base to operate entirely on renewable energy. The station employs wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, and solar passive energy.
Station Wind Power
A pilot project to test the viability of wind power at Summit Station, Greenland. Summit Station is an important polar scientific research platform. It is the only high-altitude (10,660' elevation), high-latitude (72.35 degrees North) research station in the northern hemisphere.
Located in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, this station deployed 50 kW of photovoltaic panels providing 3% of the stations power requirements. Air-type and evacuated glass tube solar collectors provide heating for living spaces.