Dis­tillery helps out with trek

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A new whisky dis­tillery is help­ing a fa­ther and son with their bid to be­come the first peo­ple to trek to the South Pole only us­ing re­new­able en­ergy.

Ex­plorer Robert Swan, 61, is team­ing up with son Bar­ney, 23, for the zero car­bon South Pole En­ergy Chal­lenge.

The hi-tech equip­ment they will be car­ry­ing in­cludes so­lar snow melters which have been de­signed and built in Scot­land at the Ard­gowan Dis­tillery.

Dis­tillery chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin McA­dam said: “Our team de­signed a very sim­ple and ro­bust melter com­pris­ing a matt black stain­less-steel flask en­cased in su­per-strong clear Lexan plas­tic, with in­ert ar­gon gas as an in­su­lat­ing layer in be­tween.

“They’re de­signed to be strapped on top of Bar­ney and Robert’s sledges so they can cap­ture the max­i­mum heat of the sun as they trek along to pro­vide a con­tin­ual sup­ply of drink­ing wa­ter.”

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