Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station

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Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station


All activities in Antarctica are subject to the terms of the Antarctic Treaty. To build a station in Antarctica, there is an obligation to comply with the strict environmental regulations.

The IPF decided to transform these constraints into an opportunity to push the envelope and build the first “Zero Emission” polar station, run entirely on renewable energies. In designing and building the Princess Elisabeth station, the objective was to use existing technologies. These were combined to create a building that is a lot more than the sum of its parts.

Integrating these sustainable and energy saving technologies in such an iconic project was a challenge that appealed to private companies wanting to showcase their products and know-how – and so partnerships were born.

The Princess Elisabeth station is truly an engineering project, not an architectural one. The very shape of the station is the result of aerodynamic and energy efficiency studies, not the materialization of an architectural vision. Form truly follows function.

The International Polar Foundation and the Belgian Federal Government were able to capitalize on this enthusiasm to create a unique private / public partnership which made the project possible – and which continues to lead by example with green technologies like smart grids and water management systems.

Actually building the station in Antarctica was an incredible challenge, not only because of the harsh environmental realities and difficult logistics but combining complex technologies into a fully functioning whole. The finished station is a testament to the dedication and vision of hundreds of people.


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    ANTARCTICA - Princess Elisabeth - First zero emission research station opens 15-02-09 Princess Elisabeth Antarctic Station The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station
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