Father-son team plans Antarctic trek powered by renewable energy

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - 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. Its 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.


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