ACCIONA MARKS THE SCOTT-AMUNDSEN CENTENARY WITH AN EXPEDITION TO THE SOUTH POLE ON BOARD THE “ACCIONA WINDPOWERED ANTARTICA”, THE WORLD’S FIRST-EVER WIND-AND-KITE-DRAWN SLED.
- A tribute to Amundsen and Scott one hundred years after their epic voyage.
- An Inuit-inspired, 100% wind-powered sled, drawn by kites with a surface of up to 80m2.
- A zero-emissions “sail-boat” for the polar wastes will embark on a non-stop, 3,500 km journey to the heart of the Geographic South Pole.
- The project is led by the world’s leading Arctic specialist, Ramón Larramendi, who heads a team made up of Ignacio Oficialdegui, the Director of ACCIONA Energy’s Department of Energy Resources Evaluation; Javier Selva and Juan Pablo Albar.
- The Expedition, a challenge in itself, is also the starting point for a geographic-exploration, technological-innovation and scientific research program using mobile laboratories capable of reaching the most far-flung and inaccessible corners of the Polar Regions.
This year is the Centenary year of the Amundsen and Scott Polar discovery and ACCIONA will be marking it with an Antarctic Expedition of its own. But this is no usual expedition: it is the first of its kind, with a scientific mission and which sets out to prove the efficiency of an eco-efficient and zero-emissions vehicle which, moreover, doubles as a mobile lab unit, making this vehicle the ideal means of transport for moving around and taking provisions to the different ice stations scattered around the Polar Regions.
The Expedition team is made up of four specialists and scientists, led by the internationally-reputed explorer Ramón Larramendi. They will travel 3,500 km across the Antarctic Continent on board a sled driven solely by wind harnessed by massive kites measuring up to 80m2.
Moreover, the crossing, which aims to end at the Geographic South Pole, will entail a number of tasks such as taking measurements and carrying out scientific tests on the ice on the Polar surface to ascertain the effects of thawing and climate change.
This way, ACCIONA takes an important step towards its aim of achieving energy efficiency, and once again leads the way in the search for solutions based exclusively on renewable energies. After all, there is no reason why major challenges cannot be met with eco-efficient answers.
The web page www.accionantartida.es, the corporate website www.acciona.es and social networks offer detailed and minute-by-minute information online throughout the entire journey. The Expedition will take advantage of Google Earth and the Panoramio app to provide detailed information on the journey to the South Pole, one hundred years after it was first discovered.
December 1st 2011: Spain-South Africa.
December 6th 2011: Fly to the Antarctic.
December 9th 2011: Fly to the Departure Point.
January 5th-10th 2012: Arrival at the South Pole.
January 15th-20th 2012: Expedition ends.
The Expedition will involve a series of scientific projects related to Global Warming and Climate Change, in collaboration with France’s CNRS-IJF Institute of Glaciology and Geophysics, based in Grenoble; Barcelona’s Institute of Environment Diagnostics and Water Studies (DAEA), a part of the CSIC; and the “Limnopolar” Group of the Biology Department at Madrid’s Autonomous University.
They are all coordinated by Dr. Juan P. Albar, from Spain’s National Biotech Center (part of the CSIC) and a member of the “Acciona Antarctica 2011 Expedition”.