Autarco modules on their way to the South Pole

Late november Edwin and Liesbeth left for the South Pole for their ‘Clean2Antarctica‘ mission. The first net-zero-energy and zero-waste expedition on the continent, with the aim of generating attention for climate change and inspiring people to take action.

Reaching the geographical South Pole will take the team thirty days and 2400 kilometres, in an ice desert where the sun never sets. So it makes perfect sense that solar energy is selected to power their vehicle. The Solar Voyager consists of a truck and two trailers that are outfitted with ten Autarco modules. Because of the strong reflections from the snow we opted for so-called bifacial panels, where both sides generate electricity. The panels are fixed with a dismountable system, if the wind blows too hard, the top row must be removed so that the trailer does not tip over. With even more wind all modules are taken off and the Solar Voyager is anchored until the storm sets.

Mother nature decided that only after eighty kilometers Edwin and Liesbeth had to temporarily halt their journey because of a blizzard. This lasted a day and a half and unfortunately it happened again only a day later. But as Edwin says ” even if we don’t always like turbulence, sometimes we need it, just a little bit. Turbulence can set into motion a new state of things”. Curious about the Wondering about the continuation? You can now follow the Solar Voyager via the live feed.


Clean2Antarctica - update

Zero-waste expedition to the South pole


Autarco is powering the Solar Voyager vehicle in the cleanest expedition ever, Clean2Antarctica. Dutch explorer Edwin ter Velde is planning to complete the worlds first ever energy neutral and zero-waste expedition to the South Pole.

Last week, the team brought their equipment to Iceland, to see how the vehicle and its drivers behave during extreme conditions.

Find out more about the expedition on: www.clean2antarctica.nl


Autarco inverters power innovative SolaRoad

In the end of 2016, the pilot project for the innovative SolaRoad concept was expanded, when ten new metres were added to the existing bicycle path in Krommenie, the Netherlands. This innovative project investigates the possibilities to unlock the large potential of using road surfuce to harnass the sun’s power. Autarco micro-inverters were installed in this phase, experimenting with different types of modules and road surfaces.