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2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

IAE 80° South Intro & Arrival to Punta Arenas

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On November 15th 2017 Robert and Barney Swan will undertake a 600 mile walk to the South Pole ONLY surviving on renewable energy, this has never been attempted. The expedition is called the ‘South Pole Energy Challenge’- its purpose is to inspire people to change their energy consumption to being more renewable. To test this renewable energy the IAE 80 South team have gathered at the bottom of Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Chile. 

On Dec 4th, we head to Union Glacier Base Camp  600 miles from the South Pole. We are returning on December 12th. The purpose of IAE 80 is to test these renewable energies in the harsh conditions of mainland Antarctic. 

Our 14 person team have all arrived safe in Chile, check back for their full bios:

  •  Keith Sauls-                                    USA. Renewable Energy Finance 
  •  Ameera Al Haranki-                         UAE. Expo 2020 Youth
  •  Mark Leisher-                                 USA. Videographer
  •  Peter Tonkes-                                  Australian. Technical Coordinator
  •  Ciara Doyle-                                   Ireland/UK. Siemens Power Generation Services
  •  Declan Flanagan-                            Ireland. Lincoln Clean Energy
  •  Vivek Makhja-                                UK/India. Shell Biofuels 
  •  Saeed Alnuamin-                           UAE.  Expo 2020 Youth
  •  Charulata Somal-                           India. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer
  •  Carolina Sandretto-                         Italy. Photographer 
  •  Wendy Gediman-                           USA/UK. Middle School Teacher 
  •  Edward Balaban-                             USA/Russia. NASA Scientist 
  •  Robert Swan-                                  UK. Expedition Leader 
  •  Barney Swan-                                   Australian/ UK. Logistics and Media


The technology which will be tested includes-

  1. Ice melting System from NASA which is Solar Direct to the Ice melting Chamber.
  2. Cutting Edge Solar Thermal Ice melter from Zero Mass Water.
  3. Wind Generator System supported by Siemens, Calon Energy & Leading Edge Power. 
  4. Ice Melting System from ABC Power.
  5. Batteries and Solar Panels from Goal Zero.
  6. Specialized Biofuels from Shell 


We are going to be dropping off the map on the 4th of December. Communications from the Antarctic are limited to voice and perhaps some still photos. 

Part of our test expedition is to see how we can improve communications for next year for ‘South Pole Energy Challenge’.

Updates will be available on Facebook.

We encourage you to share the messages so we can spread the news, please use #ClimateForce for any content related to the project. Thanks for your support.

Blog posted from Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile View larger map
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