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Windfarm in Antarctica investigated

This is a good way to create safe electricity with no environmental pollution, apart from visual pollution.

A team from Meridian Energy is due to fly south today to conduct feasibility tests around Scott Base, which three years ago was hit by a storm with wind gusts that exceeded 200km/h, and which destroyed the base's wind vane.

Iain Miller, Antarctica New Zealand's Antarctic services manager, said if the windfarm goes ahead, it would help power Scott Base and also the neighbouring United States base, McMurdo Station.
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Interestingly enough, because of turbulence created by the landscape, the wind at Scott Base and McMurdo isn't as brutal as parts of New Zealand where there are windfarms.

Meridian is planning one on the south-west coast of Wellington where the wind speed and turbulence are worse."
he said.

If approved, the Antarctic windfarm would augment the diesel generators used to power the two bases.

The high cost of transporting fuel to Antarctica, including use of icebreakers to create a shipping channel for the tanker, made wind energy a more economical prospect than in New Zealand.
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It's about improving the contribution we make and it's also about renewable energy.

The cost of fuel isn't getting any cheaper.
Miller said

The NSF did a feasibility study four years ago of wind power at McMurdo Station and found it could save up to 1.2 million litres of fuel each year.
By netchicken: posted on 23-10-2007

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