Here’s the challenge: How can a trek of modern-day explorers use clean energy to power a snowmobile trek across Antarctica? For the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) of South Korea, who is spearheading this historic journey, the solution is using SunPower’s leading high efficiency panels:
SBS is funding the cross-continental adventure and plans to air a special documentary about the journey in May 2011 to coincide with the network’s 21st anniversary. The team of explorers is aiming to reach the South Pole, but they’re also looking to raise the issue of environmental awareness. To that end, SBS partnered with SunPower for portable solar charging stations that will power the group’s snowmobiles and additional camp equipment.
Below is a map detailing the group itinerary. The explorers disembarked from Patriot Hills station and are trekking towards the South Pole. On Day 23, they’re halfway to their destination, having completed 562 km of the 1,076 km journey. The team has faced a harrowing blizzard and other extreme weather.
You can get updates on the remainder of the SBS journey over the following weeks by liking SunPower on Facebook and following SunPower on Twitter. If you’re interested in more information please visit the Korean-language Facebook and Twitter pages maintained by the trek sponsors.
The Antarctica journey represents a great way to spread the word about solar. What other solar-powered adventures you’d like to see?