Komatsu has donated one of its hybrid excavators to the International Polar Foundation at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.
Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is a zero emission wind- and solar-powered polar research station so it is natural for it to use vehicles that will leave a light environmental footprint.
Princess Elisabeth is connected to nine wind turbines stretching out along the ridge, which generate much of its power. The upper deck of the building is the actual station, able to house up to 16 scientists at a time while the lower deck contains a garage for vehicles and utility equipment.
Komatsu?s excavator was loaded onto the Mary Arctica in the port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, for the long voyage south to Antarctica where the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica team took it on its long 240km trek from the coast to the station.
It is now being used for clearing ice and snow and for construction work.
Sources: International Polar Foundation, Komatsu
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