Green Snowflake to appear in Arctic

Green Snowflake to appear in Arctic

January 13, 2023

The facilities construction will begin in 2023.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The design of the scientific polar station for the study of alternative energy sources has been completed. The project is being implemented in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, the construction of Snezhinka (Snowflake) facilities will begin in 2023, and the station will be put into operation at the end of 2025 – about 80 people will be able to live and work on it.

The project of the international station was developed by Russian scientists, Snezhinka should become the hallmark of the Arctic development.

The station will be located in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, in the Polar Urals mountains, a few hundred meters from the Land of Hope ethnic camp. It includes seven main modules: living and working quarters for employees, a library, a sports hall, an observation deck and a small greenhouse.

This will not only be a scientific testing ground for testing Arctic technologies, but also a demonstration that life and work here can be comfortable for a person.

Engineers, scientists and students from all over the world will be able to live and conduct research in domed comfortable modules equipped with modern technology.

Snowflake, which does not consume polluting hydrocarbons and does not produce waste to generate energy, will be about 4 500 square meters of a closed type. For Russia, this is the first experience of building such facilities: the belgian antarctic station Princess Elisabeth, located north of the Viking Heights of Queen Maud Land, served as a model. It works in a zero emission mode – it does not produce any waste and emissions into the atmosphere. All the necessary energy is generated by solar panels and wind turbines.

The flagship project is aimed at developing applied technologies for reducing the environmental impact of humans on the nature of the Arctic, reducing the carbon footprint, and improving energy efficiency. The introduction of these promising developments will be a major step towards achieving the goals of sustainable development beyond the Arctic Circle.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: and Nikolay Shchipko

January 13, 2023

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