The world’s southern-most continent received its largest wind farm, powering antarctic stations Scott Base from New Zealand and the US McMurdo Station. The farm has three wind turbines, whereas Antarctica’s only other wind farm at Australia’s Mawson Station, only has two.
The farm sits on the base of Crater Hill, which is on the tip of Ross Island. The three wind turbines will take place of the base’s generators and will reportedly cut cost by 11%, saving 122 gallons of fuel. These specific turbines have been specifically engineered to endure the cold (temperatures can drop to as low as -76 Fahrenheit), and they tried to avoid using as many moving parts as possible; hence, these turbines do not have gearboxes.
Depending on how well these turbines perform, Scott Base and McMurdo Station that this wind farm very well could be the start of many.