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Rugged Stäubli connectors assist in success of Antarctic solar power project

30 March 2020

Uruguay's Artigas Base in Antarctica is home to 10 research scientists and 15 crew members in summer. 

MC4-Evo2 connectors from Stäubli Electrical Connectors were chosen to connect the solar panels at the Artigas Base in Antarctica.

The scientific research station was traditionally powered by diesel generators, but besides the environmental impact, the logistics involved made the use of fossil fuels an inefficient and costly method for power generation.

The Uruguayan government selected Technova Renovables to review the potential and to lead on the integration of renewables at the base. The project included the delivery and installation of a solar system that had to withstand the environmental challenges within this delicate ecosystem.

With temperatures as low as -90°C, winds of more than 124mph and a marine saline environment, the challenge was to develop, install and test the performance of PV technology in such harsh conditions.

Read the full article in the April issue of DPA.


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