So after an amazing ten days of eating Aaron Stanley’s 10kg ice cream birthday cake and enduring the diesel mechanics 30°C workshop powered by a kroll heater, the common question we get asked on station is, ‘how we do we generate electricity?’
Our main power house, the heart of the station, consists of four 140 kw Caterpillar diesel generators which supply electricity to the whole station via an extensive cabling system around station, and six ring main buildings commonly known to our supply officer (Jen) as ‘the little blue things’ as all the buildings on station with restricted access are coloured blue.
These generators not only supply power to the station but also supply the heating to the station. By harnessing the heat from the engines via heat exchangers the result is we are saving large amounts of energy that would have been required to produce our heating. We also have two boilers to supplement the additional heat needed during the cold winter months. By doing this we minimise our footprint on the environment and preserve this beautiful part of the world called Antarctica.
If our main power house fails, we have an emergency power house which we can switch over to. However this has limited capacity and we would have to connect additional generators around station to keep all the buildings operational.