Fa­ther, son plan green trek to antarc­tic

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LON­DON: With so­lar pan­els tacked to their sledges and a bio­fuel made from wood chips to keep them warm, a Bri­tish fa­ther and son duo will at­tempt to reach the South Pole re­ly­ing solely on green en­ergy. Sea­soned ex­plorer Robert Swan and his 23-year-old son Bar­ney will be­gin their eight week, 600-mile ex­pe­di­tion on Wed­nes­day, hop­ing to show re­new­able en­ergy can work in ex­treme con­di­tions and prove a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to fos­sil fu­els. “For the first time in his­tory, we will be sur­viv­ing only on re­new­able en­ergy. It’s never been done,” 61-year-old po­lar veteran Swan, the first per­son to walk to both the North and South poles, told Reuters. The Swans’ 5,000 daily calo­rie in­take will come from sus­tain­able and en­ergy-giv­ing foods, such as grains and al­mond bars, to help them over­come tem­per­a­tures of -40 de­grees Cel­sius and the ob­vi­ous risks of frost­bite, al­ti­tude sick­ness and snow blind­ness. Per­pet­ual sun­light will charge the so­lar pan­els, which will power a NASA-de­signed ice melter to pro­vide them with enough wa­ter for drink­ing and cook­ing. “Wa­ter is gold down in Antarc­tica, with­out it you’re go­ing to be dy­ing pretty quickly, as dad al­ways re­minds me,” said Bar­ney Swan. While their aim is to com­plete the trek us­ing just so­lar en­ergy, un­der ex­treme weather con­di­tions, they’ll turn to an ad­vanced bio­fuel made out of wood chip waste.“The fu­els have been tested to mi­nus 60 de­grees Cel­sius...it won’t get as cold as mi­nus 60. We may get mi­nus 40 which is, trust me, cold enough,” the el­der Swan said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.