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White wilderness adventure goes green

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 01:55

As green energy vies with fossil fuels to convince people and governments it's a viable alternative, one father-and-son duo are putting it to the test in the most extreme conditions. Veteran polar explorer Robert Swan and his 23-year-old son Barney are hoping to become the first team to trek to the South Pole relying solely on renewable energy.

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Bonded by adventure. The South Pole in their sights. One father and son duo aspire to a new first with their unique expedition. Robert and Barney Swan hope to complete a two month Antarctic trek using entirely sustainable energy. The pair want to inspire people and governments to see green energy as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. A combination of advanced biofuels and new technology will aid the journey. (Soundbite) (English) BARNEY SWAN, POLAR EXPLORER, SAYING: "So what we're trying to do differently is using different forms of energy to actually get that snow into water, that's the most energy intensive part of what we're doing. And to achieve that... we're using a NASA designed ice melter." And the sustainable fuel they're talking about isn't just for powering the cooking, but their bodies too. (Soundbite) (English) ROBERT SWAN, POLAR EXPLORER, SAYING: "I'm perfectly happy to eat half a pound of butter every day, lump of salami, bit of dehydrated filth. I'm happy with that. However, Barney - bless him - has said 'well hang on dad, stop a minute. If we're talking about renewable energy then the energy that we eat to fuel ourselves should also be coming from a more renewable source". Solar panels attached to their sledges will power the ice melter and provide water for drinking and cooking. A gruelling training regime has prepared the Swan's for their 600 mile trek. But it's not just this expedition that renewable energy might aid, as Robert looks to the stars. (Soundbite) (English) ROBERT SWAN, POLAR EXPLORER, SAYING: "There is ice on Mars; so the first people to go to Mars ... will be out there chipping ice and putting it into an ice melter that's being powered by solar - love it." Proving that even in the most alien territories, renewable energy might thrive. At least as well as this indomitable duo do in these icy extremes.

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White wilderness adventure goes green

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 01:55