Monday, October 22, 2007

Wind Power to Power Antarctic Base?

This is a really interesting concept. There is a lot of wind and most of it is quite strong, so the idea of harnessing it to use to power an Antarctic base is a great idea. There certainly is enough wind to do, but it is more of a matter of can it be harnessed. Recently a New Zealand team researched how effectively a wind farm would work for the Scott Base and they came up with favorable results. Apparently the exact location of the Scott Base makes it appear to be a more viable option than some New Zealand locations, which more often experience turbulent winds than this area of Antarctica. Not only would the wind energy make the base more environmentally friendly, but it is also very economical with the high cost of shipping in the fuel along with rising fuel costs. Read more about this here.

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