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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.

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Looking Forward

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Departing from Antarctica often leaves people feeling a blend of sadness and awe. After experiencing such a raw environment, it can be a hard prospect to adjust back to our ‘real’ lives and responsibilities. Eventually as time passes, and our focus shifts elsewhere, those intense feelings subside, and it can be easy to forget why we ventured South. Raising the funds, traveling half way around the world, and braving the Drake Passage…only to find oneself immersed in a strange and exotic land. If you didn’t know why you journeyed south whilst you were there, you most certainly do by the time you leave. Quite simply, it is unlike any other place on Earth, a pristine frontier still bound by nature whims, a place where few have had the fortune to pass through.

Within “The Leadership On The Edge Program” we have aligned people from different industries and backgrounds to work towards a more sustainable, clean energy future. Lets use this shared passion, and the experience of Antarctica, to become ambassadors for change and progression. We visited the Antarctic for a reason, let’s act upon it.

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Northern Shift

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Standing on the stern of the Endeavor, we watch the familiar horizon of white and blue fade into a thick moody night. We venture back into open oceans with tired eyes, but with eager intent for what lies ahead.

A looming forecast in The Drake passage spreads some concern amongst the group. We enjoy a vibrant evening of conversation as the boat starts to rock and we brace for the unruliness of the Southern seas. Our Ukrainian captain directs the ship into the pacific to avoid an early winter storm which was developing on the Atlantic side of the passage. Unsecured equipment soon found unexpected flying lessons. Seasickness flattens some of our team. Shifting between oceans whilst enjoying time on deck. Watching the seas birds gliding inches above white capped waves.

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Last Day of the Season

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Familiar faces, etched with fatigue and awe, scampered to the upper deck to savor the moment as the first rays of the day drained effortlessly into the surrounding peaks. Being thousands of miles away from home, it has been a true inspiration to learn the backstory of why and how people found themselves on this expedition. In an effort to help elevate each other’s projects and visions, gathering content for sponsors and projects has been a big component of this trip. Alongside our Huffington Post crew, the 2041 media team has been conducting interviews with Robert, Barney and the rest of the participants throughout the past week. We are all excited to see where this content will lead, and how it will support the projects, stories, and insights captured.  

During the first landing of the day, we were dropped off at a pebbled shoreline dotted with wildlife. Our seasoned guides navigated us through a thick penguin colony,  and encouraged us all to venture high up on a ridge line which summit had gripping panoramas of the surrounding landscapes. The Ocean Endeavor shrunk smaller and smaller in the distance as we made our way up the ridge, each step revealing a different perspective of grandeur around us. With elevation on our side, the scale of Antarctica took on a different paradigm, we were apart of the rock and ice. On top it, rather then looking upon it. Scanning the overlook with a pair binoculars revealed an insights into the thriving synergy all around- fierce Leopard Seal’s thrashing about penguins, carving glaciers, and zodiacs like small ants floating on a mirror surface. The stillness of this landing allowed many of us to feel the true essence of this mighty place, nothing but passing footsteps or penguin calls interrupting the pristine backdrop. 

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Mikkelsen Bay and the Lemaire Channel

The past two days have been a whirl wind of experience and motion for the IAE team. Each person has gained a unique perspective into the beauty, history, and rawness of Antarctica. 

A few shared moments that have left there impression-

Floating next to a couple of snoring humpback whales, meters away with the engine turned off- nothing but sea ice chattering breaking the pristine silence.

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Exploring Brown Bluff

We are all truly humbled by the sheer, untouched beauty of Antarctica as the IAE 2017 team continues further along the Peninsula. Today we visited the famous Browns Bluff, where we marveled at the painted rock towering high above us. Our team traveled by Zodiac, small inflatable vessels, through an incredible cove filled with ice monoliths each as different as the participants on our team.

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Venturing Deeper into the Antarctic Peninsula

Blog contributed by: Alex Bogdan, originally published on southbysouthpole.com

I woke up early, hopeful to catch the sunrise and first sightings of an iceberg. There was a thick cloud covering and no signs of the sun, nor signs of land. I took a walk around the ship and up to the bridge where the captain and crew navigate the vessel. I stood at the bridge for an hour. From here, we could see Humpback whales, penguins, and seals leaping across the water, along with several species of birds. I’ve been surrounded by people who are truly passionate about wildlife. They can name the specific species of most animals from 200 yards away, just by seeing a quick glimpse. It’s impressive, and I’m surprised by how envious I’ve become of their knowledge, especially of birds. Normally, I tend to dislike birds, and slightly fear them. I blame Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

After much anticipation, and more than an hour of watching the horizon, we finally caught our first visual of the South Shetland Islands, merely shadows on the cloud covered horizon. This was an exhilarating moment. The crew told us it would be another hour until we were sailing through the islands, so we left our post to meet up with the 2041 group for an International Women’s Day photo. I thought about the strong women in my life, my mom especially, and the intelligent, powerful women I’m lucky to work with at SAP, so I’d like to say happy belated Women’s Day to you all. 

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South Bound & Down

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This morning, the team set their eyes on the raw landscape of the far north peninsular. A land that has never seen war, that is near untouched by modern development, and where wildlife still roam free from the fear of man. 

A melting pot of backstories, and expectations soon fade into perspective under the sheer scale and pristine detail of Antarctica. Exploring fur seal coated shorelines and standing side-by-side with yakking colonies of penguins, has left many of the participants with a sheer “words will not do justice” mindset.

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Embarkation & the Drake Passage

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The Expedition kicked off with a flurry of action with the team departing South to the bottom of Patagonia, Ushuaia. Once the Beagle Channel was in sight, people's tiredness was soon replaced with sheer excitement.  Converging cultures, expertise's, & ambitions meld together with the hope to find new horizons and ideas off the map. Together, with common cause and active solutions we will return home with a fresh perspective on how to strengthen our stories and visions looking into the future. 

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Awaiting the IAE 2017 Expedition Team

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Arriving to a big, bustling city such as Buenos Aires after an international flight can be a bit of an overwhelming experience. With the loud city noises, densely packed streets, and humidity of the summer, it caught us all by surprise...

Buenos Aires, the "Paris of Latin America" is a densely packed place broken up by gorgeous green parks & old growth Gum trees. After settling in, the 2041 team has been enjoying the atmosphere and eateries in between diligently preparing for the arrival of the IAE 2017 participants. 

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IAE 80 South Photo Summary #1

After a very successful expedition to Union Glacier, Rob & the team are 100% confident that the technology is ready for the South Pole Energy Challenge later this year. Here's some photos from the trip from expedition photographer, Carolina Sandretto. Gearing up for IAE 2017 just right around the corner! Keep Posted.

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IAE 80 South Pole Energy Test Expedition Summary

The team arrived safely back to Patagonia after a successful expedition to Union Glacier. Listn below as Ciara gives us an expedition summary of the IAE 80 South Pole Energy Test Expedition.

"We are now pulling together all the data and reviewing the results which are looking very positive. So positive that Rob Swan said to us that he's 100% confident that the technology will be ready for his 600 miles South Pole Expedition in November of 2017."

Photo by Barney Swan from Antarctica - "Digesting the past 8 days and all of the ideas, landscapes, and inspiration shared between the team. Standing beneath this 300ft ice wave was a serious perspective check."

Hear the IAE 80 Expedition Summary from Ciara below.

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The IAE 80 Team

Learn more about the amazing group of people that make up the 14 member IAE 80° South Team.

 

Robert Swan - “30 years ago when we made ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’ there were more people who had stood on the Moon than walked to the Poles. Times have changed now. People are going to the Poles on cars, bikes and what not. Though there still are some serious expeditions going on. The real adventure today is to survive on Earth. The IAE80 and the SPEC will inspire and give people an opportunity to explore, work with and improve upon renewable energy. It will be a new era of exploration

A billion people making small little changes can make a big difference. This is why we are launching the CLIMATE FORCE Movement. Climate is a very forceful element that can take us down if not respected. CLIMATE FORCE is an umbrella that will bring people together and present an opportunity to join something meaningful.

The IAE 80 Test expedition is a huge step to making our expedition to the South Pole in November 2017 the first expedition to the South Pole, surviving only on renewable energy.”

  

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-15-di-18.jpgAmeera Mohamed Al Marzoqi, 24, is presently studying IT Security at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Her dream to visit the Poles and a chance newspaper article led her to become a part of the IAE 2015- a remarkable experience that opened up her mind to many possiblities. With her love for the outdoors and the environment she is inspiring the youth back home to be more sustainable and protect the Earth.

One of the first Arabs to go to the heart of the White Continent, she will be a part of the Expo 2020 Dubai to engage with a global audience, sharing her experiences in solar technology and sustainable development. Her new house back home will be powered by solar energy.

The expedition to the Union Glacier will also be a time for reflection – to learn more about the self and also learn more about her country. An eternal optimist and a learner, she hopes to set up the first E-Base in UAE. 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-14-di-18.jpgSaeed Mohamed Al Nuaimi, 23, Abu Dhabi, UAE, is an Electrical Engineer with Adnoc, Gasco. He has previously worked on sun tracking solar panels as a part of senior project in College. Also witness to the flights of Solar Impulse that went round the world from Abu Dhabi, Saeed is excited about his first visit to Antarctica. He wants to learn and understand about renewable energy technology that will be tested as part of the expedition. With ample sunlight he sees great potential for the UAE and has been learning more about renewable energy initiatives in cities like Dubai and Masdar. He will be part of the future project in Gasco to light up the field using solar energy.

Saeed hopes to inspire the youth back home to encourage sustainable and environment friendly habits. One of the first Arabs going to the Union Glacier, he will be a part of Expo 2020 Dubai to share his experiences from Antarctica.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-6-di-18.jpgCharulata Somal, 28, New Delhi, India, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the Government of India, presently working as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Zilla Panchayat of Kodagu District, Karnataka - rendering her services in the rural development sector implementing central , state and district sector schemes, including the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Programme, Swachch Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, National Rural Livelihood Mission among others. Besides, she is also working on the environment and tribal education challenges in Kodagu.

Having recently completed a basic mountaineering course in the Himalayas, Charulata is an also an avid trekker and wildlife enthusiast.

Previously a member of IAE 2016, what she fondly called the Ark of Noah, Charulata is a part of IAE 80 South to represent the best efforts of the Government and non-government sector in the field of environment and sustainability, including the works of the ministries of New and Renewable Energy; Coal; Environment, Forests and Climate Change; the International Solar Alliance; Swachch Bharat Mission; Indian Institute of Science, E-Base Kodagu and SAI Sanctuary, Kodagu.

“My three favourite words are: Become Your Dream” – Charulata Somal

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-4-di-18.jpgBarney Swan, 22, Far North Australia, was born in the United Kingdom, raised in the tropical Far North Australia, and now lives and works in California. With degrees in Business and Multimedia, Barney co-directs 2041’s expeditions and ventures. Over the last 5 years, he has applied and trained skills in alpine mountaineering, risk management, technical sailing, and team coordination.

Barney will walk with his father, Robert Swan, to the South Pole starting November 2017, as part of the South Pole Energy Challenge - a journey of over 600 nautical miles in extreme weather conditions. Creator of the ClimateForce Movement, he hopes to build on the legacy of his father and inspire the younger generation to take action and follow sustainable lifestyles and practices.

IAE80 and SPEC will be a platform for Barney to engage and work with partners and sponsors, empower and inspire audiences with actionable solutions and dialogues on sustainable development. He is determined to have solutions that are not only relevant- but exciting, attractive and profitable.

“Dad and I will be working side by side, generation by generation to help find actionable solutions to the challenges our times are facing” – Barney Swan 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-18-di-18.jpgPeter Tonkes, 44, Daintree- Cape Kimberly, Far North Queensland, an inquisitive, adventurous and footloose Civil Engineer, he has travelled to the most isolated and fantastic places on work, being inspired by landscapes and people alike.

With his philosophy of environment friendly practices and sustainable living, back home, Peter stays off grid, generating his own clean solar energy on his self sufficient, minimal waste farm, with a small hydro plant in the making.

With a fascination and desire to get to Antarctica, Peter is looking to develop practical and robust solutions and building inter-connectedness between the various technologies that will be tested at Union Glacier.

“As an Engineer concerned about what we are doing to this planet I was ecstatic to be invited to IAE 80 South. The opportunity to contribute to the emerging technologies of alternative energy proposed for the SPEC trip is too important to overlook. Having worked in many developing countries, I have seen firsthand the challenges faced by everyday people and the effect innovative energy solutions can have on daily life and the environment to reduce our carbon footprint.” – Peter Tonkes

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-11-di-18.jpgCiara Doyle, 39, Irish, Newport, Wales, UK – Ciara is a mechanical and electrical engineer with Siemens. ‘The chance to win a trip of a lifetime’ email from the CEO of Calon Energy, owner of the power station she works at, was the tipping point of her involvement with IAE 2016 and 2041. Taking a page out of Robert Swan’s book, Ciara sustained the inspiration by being a member of the Global Himalayan Expedition, Ladakh, India, lighting up a village with solar energy in June 2016.

With a passion for clean and green energy, Ciara represents both Siemens and Calon Energy, bringing a wind turbine from local sustainable energy company, Leading Edge Power, for testing and charging batteries at the camp in Union Glacier. She hopes this expedition will inspire and encourage young people, especially women, into engineering, besides galvanise the team at work to embed sustainable practices in plant performance and resource usage at the workplace.

After IAE 80 Ciara wants to engage in greater ingenuity, interaction and cross functional collaboration at work across levels. She has also tied up with local groups such as Soroptomist and is a STEM Ambassador.

“I am passionate about working in the Energy Industry. I have signed up to IAE80 South as I believe it showcases the message of sustainability, ingenuity, leadership, partnership and collaboration between individuals and corporations to find solutions to seemingly impossible challenges that will shape the future of this industry.” – Ciara Doyle

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Carolina-2.jpgCarolina Sandretto, 35, New York City, Photographer, an Italian who loves to travel, having lived in Switzerland, Egypt and France; passionate about social issues, she fell in love with Antarctica on her first visit. Her first meeting with Robert and his inspirational TED Talk saw her board the Ocean Endeavour as part of IAE 2016. Previously pursuing photography as an interest, doing fundraisers for not for profits, Carolina decided to follow her passion and become a full time photographer. She will soon be releasing two photo books on Cuba.

Carolina is the official photographer in IAE80. This is not the end of her affair with the Antarctic. After IAE80 she will return next year for more photography to the Western Peninsula, with a travel to the Arctic before that. She hopes to spend more time down south, hereafter, pursuing her profession and interests.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-9-di-18.jpgWendy Gediman, Primary Teacher, runs The Wildlife- Roots and Shoots Club at School, from Los Angeles, living in England- Part of IAE 2008 and 2013, an educator, conservationist, wildlife enthusiast, bookaholic, change leader and blogger, Wendy has learnt about Antarctica from the pioneering generation. She inspires her children to become change makers, incorporating Antarctic stories in the study of history, science and literature. As an educator, she reaches out to schools on her travels abroad to Africa, America and other places.

Wendy has worked with Dr Jane Goodall and attended leadership seminars focusing on the environment, wildlife and humans, besides being involved with Design for Change, Earth Hour- Earth Day, local wildlife organizations among others. She is carrying flags made by children in school and from Peru.

“I am excited about venturing into the interior of Antarctica, and being part of Rob’s team testing equipment and technology for the South Pole Energy Challenge. I also plan on sharing the trip on my website, running a blog, and reaching out to children worldwide. The incredible people in the 2041 family always inspire me, and there is no better way to learn about our world than in exploring the last natural habitat on earth, and working to protect it!” – Wendy Gediman

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_vivek.jpgVivek Mahesh Makhija, 38, Shell, Amsterdam, with the philosophy of Help a Person a Day, Vivek considers himself to be a lucky person, having gotten a good education back home in India. He presently handles the Clean Energy Business for Shell, having previously worked with Cadbury and the Boston Consulting Group. He is working towards the concept of being energized by energy transition- believing in the concept of fair, equitable, accessible and affordable energy for all.

With an MBA from London Business School, Vivek is a loving husband and a doting father, he is excited about his first travel to Antarctica, and equally apprehensive about the cold. He will soon tick all 7 continents off his travel list - testing for biofuel at the Union Glacier, which is touted to achieve a 70% reduction in carbon.

“I am passionate about and in the space of Clean Energy for good now” – Vivek Makhija

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-13-di-18.jpgKeith Sauls, CFA, 49, Charleston, USA, a philanthropist, investor, educator and adventure sport racer, Keith is the managing partner at Exeter Venture Group and Apple Gold Partners, he is committed to channeling investments in the Environment Sustainability and Governance (ESG) sector- a field he wants to focus on for the next 25 years. His ideas hold appeal across 3 generations up to the millennials. Keith’s first visit to Antarctica was in March 2016.

Inspired by his 19 year old environmentally conscious son, Keith has been a part of multiple Young Life Africa Expeditions to Mt Kilimanjaro, witnessing the changes and glacial melt on the mountain. With a love for gadgets he will focus on his role as an organizer and leader, familiarizing himself with the gear for polar exploration in preparation for his walk to the South Pole – The Last Degree as a part of SPEC – next year.

Back home, when not running on the beach pulling heavy sleds preparing for the last mile, Keith wants to engage more families to direct their investments to the field of ESG.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_8995.JPGMark Leisher, 52, Washington DC, Filmmaker- The reticent and shy film maker talks best through his lens. A father to his 21 year old daughter and passionate about his craft, Mark wants to leave a legacy and promote visual story telling about environmental issues. Working hard behind the camera he wants to focus on solution oriented films rather than the gloom and doom variety.

Mark has 15 years of video and film production experience including numerous credits in network commercials, feature films, music productions, reality TV programming, and corporate videos for Fortune 500 companies. Mark has freelanced with all the major networks both as an independent cinematographer and as a producer for television series and documentary films. A pioneer in HDTV, starting back in 2003, he has helped evolve key solutions and strategies to aid his clients in communicating their message through the ever-evolving worlds of electronic media.

Skilled in mountaineering, rapelling, kayaking, mountain & road biking, snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing, Mark has an organic vineyard in Colorado – a safe haven to get away from the maddening city life and has plans to harness more renewable energy on the farm.

His new company Media 4 Green focuses on stories of social growth. In IAE80 he will be starting from where he left in IAE2016, documenting stories in Antarctica. He will also be testing for new film and camera equipment.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_edward-balaban_20161212-085426_1.jpgEdward Balaban, 42, NASA Ames Research Centre, Moffett Field, CA - A trained pilot, Edward is a man of few words with a wicked sense of humour. His love for the outdoors led him to explore a variety of landscapes – mountains and deserts alike.

When not at play, Edward is a scientist at NASA working on robotics and artificial intelligence. He has worked in the Arctic previously, at Devon Island, on the development and testing of an autonomous subterranean planetary drill. His interest in renewable energy, sustainable solutions, and developing new opportunities for testing of NASA technologies in environments relevant to space exploration led him to participate in IAE 2016, successfully testing experimental solar panels and a passive water recycling system in a harsh conditions.

Describing his return to Antarctica as a serendipitous opportunity, Edward will be testing NASA technology, during IAE80, which would in the future make it easier to explore other worlds and also contribute to having a better life on this planet. He hopes to formalize and strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between NASA and 2041.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Portraitsandgroup-12-di-18.jpgDeclan Flanagan, 42, CEO, Lincoln Clean Energy (Wind and Solar Power), Chicago: a committed family man, Declan has grown up being fascinated by Tom Crean, a member of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. Life has come full circle 10 years after first dreaming of going to Antarctica, when in Ushuaia. Having worked in the business of clean energy, Robert Swan´s mission resonated strongly with him. He will rekindle his activist roots from the time he was in school in the 1990s in an attempt to reconcile it with the commercial world.

A product of Kellogg’s Business School, Declan is an execution focused pragmatist, who takes calculated risks. With mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation, as preparation for the expedition, he researched the safety records of the Ilyushin among other things.

He was a participant in the Gross National Happiness Conference in Bhutan in 2015. A traveler who is equally at ease in cities and desolate places, Declan does a lot of cycling and Pilates.

“The economics is favourable towards the renewable energy business” – Declan Flanagan

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NASA describes Testing & Data Collection Results

Listen to Edward, our representative rom NASA gives us an update of his experience on Day 7 of the IAE 80 South Expedition.

"Both the tests and the data collection have so far exceeded our expectation, so we hope to build on this success going forward." Listen to more below.

Describing his return to Antarctica as a serendipitous opportunity, Edward will be testing NASA technology, during IAE80, which would in the future make it easier to explore other worlds and also contribute to having a better life on this planet.

 

Listen to Edward on Day 7

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Testing Shell Biofuels at Union Glacier

Vivek, our representative from Shell testing biofuels at Union Glacier, describes cooking his "Southern Most Curry" and his experience in Antarctica so far on Day 5.

The biofuel that Vivek is testing in Antarctica is touted to achieve a 70% reduction in carbon.

“I am passionate about and in the space of Clean Energy for good now” – Vivek Makhija

 

Listen to Vivek's update on Day 5

 

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The IAE 80 Team Shares their Experience

Listen below as we hear from two members of the IAE 80 team, Charulata Somal & Wendy Gediman on Day 4 of the expedition in the Antarctic Wilderness. 

The team skied 8km with their camping gear, away from Union Glacier, to camp under the stars and continue testing the renewable energy technology. 

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

Wendy Gediman on Day 4 

Charulata Somal on Day 4

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Word from our Chief Engineer - Peter Tonkes

Peter Tonkes, the teams Chief Engineer gives a few words from the teams sustainibility camp on Day 3 of the expedition. Listen in below or hear all of the audio updates in one place at our soundcloud page.

"A message of a sustainble future using a blend of energy sources has been welcomed by the various expeditions passing through as we describe our work to them." - Peter

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

 

 

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Day Two at Union Glacier

IAE 80 Expedition Update on day two from the Climate Force team who are currently camped at Union Glacier, Antarctica.

Listen in as Barney tells us how the testing of the clean, renewable technology is going so far as well as whats in store for the next few days of the expedition.

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

Listen to Barney's message on day two of the expedition. Watch the video here. Or listen below.

 

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Arriving to Union Glacier at 80° South

The IAE 80 team has arrived safely at Union Glacier at 80° South in Antarctica. Listen to Robs phone update about the current conditions and the flight across to the last great wilderness, Antarctica. This week the team will be working very hard testing all of the renewable technology in the harsh conditions of Antarctica. 

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

 

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Departing Punta Arenas

This is the final update from Rob & the rest of the IAE 80 South team before they drop off the map.

Keep posted via our Facebook and here on our expedition blog. Communications from the Antarctic are limited to voice and perhaps some still photos. Keep posted here & our website for updates from the last great wilderness, Antarctica. Forwards as Ever. #climateforce

Listen below to Rob's phone message from Punta Arenas, Chile. Watch the video here.

 

 

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IAE 80° South Intro & Arrival to Punta Arenas

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.

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