PV in the Antarctic

A pioneering project: Solar power in the Antarctic

Uruguay maintains a research base in the Antarctic powered by solar energy and Stäubli PV connectors
The Artigas Base
Tecnogroup selected MC4-Evo 2 PV connectos by Stäubli
Installing solar power in the Antarctic has been a pioneering project of the Uruguayan government and is part of a program to extend the use of renewable energies. PV connectors from Stäubli ensure safe and reliable power transfer.
PV in the Antarctic
The Antarctic makes great demands equipment of the Artigas Base. To successfully install PV power, all components must withstand harshest environmental conditions.
MC4-Evo 2 connectors from Stäubli defy harsh environments

The Antarctic is one of the most inhospitable places in the world: spanning 14,000 square kilometers, with extreme climatic conditions including temperatures as low as ­-89.2 °C and winds more than 200 km/h. Many countries have installed research bases in the Antarctic to conduct various studies in this very special landscape and its unique climate.

The Uruguayan government is a strong advocate for the integration of renewables. The country has been maintaining a research base in the Antarctic for over 30 years. The base was traditionally powered by diesel generators. Besides the environmental impact, the logistics involved made the use of fossil fuels an inefficient and costly solution for generating energy. The government selected Technova Renovables, a Tecnogroup subsidiary, to review the potential and lead on the integration of renewables at the Artigas Base. The challenge was to develop, install and test the performance of PV technology in such a fragile environment.

The success of the project is based on thorough planning, mutual harmonization and the careful selection of components to be installed. To secure constant and dependable energy feed-in, Tecnogroup relies on PV connectors from Stäubli. The
MC4-Evo 2 connectors have been proving their worth from the very beginning and withstand the extreme, unprecedented climatic conditions.

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