First Russian green expedition in northern latitudes starts

First Russian green expedition in northern latitudes starts

June 30, 2023

Participants plan to pass through the Arctic without the use of fossil fuels - by the forces of nature.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Preparations for the trimaran expedition began in 2022. Its uniqueness is to pass the planned route without the use of fossil fuels – by the forces of nature. Travelers intend to test the possibilities of solar and wind energy generation in northern latitudes.

The “green” expedition starts on July 1 in Khanty-Mansiysk. Member of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society (TB RGS) Ildar Muharashev with his friend Taras Gospodinko will go across the seas of the Arctic Ocean to St. Petersburg on a gliding sailing trimaran. New mast, sails, electrical equipment and other components come from different parts of Russia and the world. This was reported by RIA with reference to the TB RGS.

“We love sailing and we don’t like motoring. However, it is almost impossible to do without a motor. Therefore, we decided to use a 3 kW electric motor that runs on modern lithium batteries, like a Tesla electric car”, Muharashev explained. – “Materials based on our expedition results will be useful to many yachtsmen. We will conduct applied research in the field of solar and wind energy generation in expeditionary conditions at a wide range of northern latitudes. You will not find real data about this on the Internet.

As part of the expedition, the travelers plan to conduct an online lesson about the Arctic and ecology with schoolchildren from Russia and other countries as part of the RGS project Lessons from the Ocean, as well as create a film about ecology. The journey, they note, will not end in St. Petersburg. This is only the first part of a large route.

Earlier, the Cape Chelyuskin – Cape Piai international expedition’s Arctic stage team reached the northernmost point of Eurasia – Cape Chelyuskin in Taimyr.

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Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

June 30, 2023

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