14 February 2018
Base E Conservation Team
Another misty morning at Stonington Island, grey and gloomy with temperatures around zero degrees Celsius. As the Antarctic summer can also be quite nice and sunny, we brought with us two large solar panels this year. The plan was to test them out and hopefully be able to help the generator by supplying the camp with electricity. The panels are mounted and weighted down on the outside of the Weather Haven tent, with a control panel and connectors on the inside. As it turns out, this has been more effective than we had anticipated. It seems to provide us with plenty of solar energy, even on overcast days such as today. It has in fact taken over the need for a generator, which has now been completely retired from camp. Here, Jo is 'enjoying' an outdoor work session, using the laptop charged by renewable energy.
Toby, UKAHT Explorer, Stonington Island, Antarctica