Thursday, December 20, 2007

Is it a UFO?

Princess Elisabeth research station, Antarctica

Is this a flying saucer sitting in its hangar in Area 52?

Don't be silly, it's the Belgian ‘Princess Elisabeth’ research station, to be built in Antarctica by the International Polar Foundation during the summer season 2007-2008,.

It's going to be equipped with 408 solar modules from Kyocera as part of a plan to make the station the first zero-emission research facility. 

Eight wind turbines will also be installed, to generate on-site power for communication infrastructure, heating and electronics.

The Princess Elisabeth station will be exposed to the extreme Antarctic conditions, with temperatures going as low as –60°C and wind speeds reaching 250 km/h.

Such conditions demand a reliable energy supply.

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