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Opening of the Princess Elisabeth polar station

On February 15, 2009, the Princess Elisabeth polar station, the first zero CO2 emission polar station, was officially declared open. GDF SUEZ, through its subsidiary Electrabel and its Laborelec research centre, worked alongside the International Polar Foundation and its founder, Alain Hubert, to build the station.

Conceived in 2006 by the Belgian explorer and engineer Alain Hubert, the station gets its electricity supply from renewable energies. After the construction of the building and the assembly of the seven wind turbines in the extreme conditions of the Antarctic, installation of all the functional systems was completed in 2009. The station will very soon be able to host scientific missions, most of which will focus on understanding climate change.

On February 17, 2009, Gérard Mestrallet spoke over a satellite link to:


  • Alain Hubert, Chairman of the Polar Foundation,
  • Sven Kerremans, head of the Laborelec team on the station,
  • Hélène Grandjean, Electrabel engineer.

The conversation ranged over the sustainable development process of which this project is a part, and the major challenges met by this extraordinary project.


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