Design of a 100% renewable energy based Belgian Polar Station in Antartica

August 18, 2016


Period:  2014


3E developed the energy concept for the new research centre. It is to be an energy-autonomous base with minimal use of fossil fuel for either heating, water production or electricity. Renewable energy sources are used to meet most energy requirements. Passive house techniques are used to reduce the heat demand. Wind energy and photovoltaic solar cells will provide 98% of the electricity. The remaining electricity will be produced by a diesel generator. The water is purified and recycled for more efficient water management. Solar-thermal collectors are used to melt ice for fresh water.