Sustainable energy at the 100-W level for scientific sites on the Antarctic Plateau
The need to provide power to unmanned instrumentation over the course of an entire year on the Antarctic plateau present a large number of engineering and logistical challenges. Designs formulated in ideal laboratory environments often fail in the Antarctic due to the harsh operating conditions, and field experience is necessary to achieve year-round operation in the 100-W power range. In this paper we present our current power design for the Automatic Geophysical Observatories (AGOs); a design based on over two decades of experience on the ice and allows for relatively continuous operation at the aforementioned power level. We also discuss our various implementation methods, both failures and successes, in an effort assist other unmanned deployments on the ice.
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