Photovoltaics Success story

Against great odds: Solar power in the Antarctic

Application

Connection of solar modules for safe power transmission under harsh environmental conditions

  • Safe and reliable operation
  • Easy installation
  • Internationally certified with IEC, UL, JET, cTÜVus
  • Suited for use in harsh environments
  • Proven, low-loss MULTILAM technology

Benefits

  • Reliable, high-quality connection withstanding harshest climatic conditions (extreme temperatures, strong winds and saline environment)
  • Trustful,  long-standing business partner relation
  • On-site consulting through global service network
The Antarctic makes great demands on the crew and the equipment of the Artigas Base. To successfully install PV power, all components must withstand harshest environmental conditions.
Challenging environmental conditions: low temperatures, strong winds
Successfully installing PV at the Artigas Base: PV connectors from Stäubli Electrical Connectors ensure reliable and safe power transfer.
MC4-Evo 2 connectors from Stäubli defy harsh environments
Uruguay maintains a research base in the Antarctic: The Artigas base is home to ten research scientists and 15 crew members in summer.
The Artigas Base
Tecnogroup is a conglomerate of Uruguayan companies with extensive international experience in the development, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy plants.
Marcelo Mula, Executive Director of Tecnogroup

Many countries have installed research bases in the Antarctic to conduct various studies in this very special landscape and its unique climate. Temperatures below
-89 °C, winds over 200 km/h, extreme variances in hours of sunlight, with up to 16 hours in the summer and only two during winter, pose tremendous challenges for both research teams and equipment. PV connectors from Stäubli are part of a demanding new field of application: installing solar power in the Antarctic.

Promoting the expansion of renewables

The Uruguayan government is a strong advocate for the integration of renewables and following a ten-year program to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. 97% of the electricity now comes from hydroelectric, solar, wind and biomass. The country has been maintaining a research base in the Antarctic for over 30 years. The Artigas base, opened in 1984, is home to