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PLATO Power--a robust, low environmental impact power generation system for the Antarctic plateau
 

Summary: PLATO Power--a robust, low environmental impact power generation
system for the Antarctic plateau
Shane Hengst*a
, Graham R. Allenb
, Michael C.B. Ashleya
, Jon R. Everetta
, Jon S. Lawrencea
,
Daniel M. Luong-Vana
, John W.V. Storeya
a
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2052;
b
Solar Mobility Pty Ltd, PO Box 951, Epping, NSW, Australia 2121
ABSTRACT
PLATO (PLATeau Observatory) is the third-generation astronomical site-testing laboratory designed by the University
of New South Wales. This facility is operating autonomously to collect both scientific and site-testing data from
Dome A, the highest point on the Antarctic plateau, at an elevation of 4093m. We describe the power generation and
management system of PLATO. Two redundant arrays of solar panels and a multiply-redundant set of small diesel
engines are intended to provide 12kW of electrical power for a full year without refueling or other intervention. An

  

Source: Ashley, Michael C. B. - School of Physics, University of New South Wales

 

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