China to Use Own 'Power Bank' at South Pole for First Time
Liao Shumin
/SOURCE : yicai
China to Use Own 'Power Bank' at South Pole for First Time

(Yicai Global) Oct. 16 -- An autonomous power system developed by Southeast University set off from Nanjing yesterday to take part in China's 36th Antarctic science expedition. China will deploy the large 'power bank' for the first time at its Taishan polar station.

The unmanned system, called Southeast University Antarctic Energy, can supply uninterrupted power in Antarctic conditions for a year and monitor the station's operation via satellite, Wei Haikun, executive dean at the university's School of Automation, told Xinhua News Agency.

The South Pole is a good place to study high-altitude physics, astronomy and other disciplines. The Taishan Station is situated in the Antarctic's hinterland at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level, where the annual average temperature is -36.6 degrees Celsius. Due to the harsh environment equipment carries out research while team members are dispatched to maintain and collect the data on a regular basis.

The system will mostly use fuel oil to produce electricity, and wind and solar energy if conditions permit, to power equipment that steadily sends data back to China, said Fang Shixiong, a member of the expedition team and a teacher at the School of Automation.

The unit has two parts: an instrument cabin and a generator room, which has a tank for storing five tons of aircraft fuel.

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Keywords: Antarctic Energy System