New Antarctic research station is carbon-free. If we can do it here, it can be done anywhere.

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Image: Wind turbines and Antarctic station
PRINCESS ELISABETH BASE, Antarctica - The world's first zero-emission polar research station opened in Antarctica and was welcomed by scientists as proof that alternative energy is viable even in the coldest regions.

Pioneers of Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in East Antarctica said if a station could rely on wind and solar power in Antarctica — mostly a vast, icy emptiness — it would undercut arguments by skeptics that green power is not reliable.

"If we can build such a station in Antarctica we can do that elsewhere in our society. We have the capacity, the technology, the knowledge to change our world,"

The prefabricated station took two years to move from Belgium to the South Pole, where it was rebuilt.

View the inside of the station at


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