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Considered emblematic Antarctic bases because they are the first permanent human settlements below the Antarctic Polar Circle and because they witnessed the first ever birth in Antarctica, among other things, the San Martin and Esperanza bases receive electrical power from HIMOINSA HFW 160 T5 and HFW 350 T5 generator sets that are able to operate in the sort of extreme
climatic conditions that are the norm in Antarctica. Considering
their remote location and the most demanding conditions of temperature that
they have to endure, the generator sets had to be transported and installed
after a difficult yet successful task performed by the Argentine Army.
Continuous 24-hour power
The two units of the HIMOINSA HFW160 T5 and HFW 350 T5 models that have been installed on the San Martin and Esperanza bases respectively, take turns to supply continuous power. Those time lapses are used to carry out the necessary maintenance of the equipment.
The HIMOINSA generator sets work alternatively, ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted power supply. They are the only source of energy on the entire base.
The Antarctic Base of San Martín is surrounded by
imposing glaciers and located on the final meters of rock of an islet. It is
one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Peninsula. Belonging to the
Republic of Argentina and founded in 1951 by the Army of that country, this is
the first station to be built on the continent and the first human settlement
located south of the Antarctic Polar Circle.
The base is currently inhabited throughout the year
by some 20 people who perform activities related to meteorology, as well
as scientific tasks in the LASAN laboratory (the Multidisciplinary
Antarctic Laboratory on San Martín Base) which belongs to the Argentine
The Antarctic Base of Esperanza is strategically
located at the gateway to the Antarctic peninsula in the middle of a unique
landscape, surrounded by glaciers, mountains and the sea. It is without doubt
one of the most unusual bases on the Peninsula. Similar to a small village,
with its houses nestling on the slopes of a hill, the base is home throughout
the year to some 80 people. During the warm season it also welcomes more than
Founded in 1952, when the lighthouse that bears its
name was built, the base hit the headlines when it became the first permanent
civil establishment on the Antarctic continent to witness a human birth.
HIMOINSA works on the constant development of equipment and operational kits that guarantee the best performance and functionality of its generating sets in any geographical area, capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions; developments co-financed by the ICEX and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with the aim of promoting technological development, innovation and quality research. "A way of making Europe".
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