Father-and-son aim for South Pole using only renewable energy sources – wood-chip biofuels included

On 15 November 2017, Robert Swan, 61 — the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles — is making a return expedition to Antarctica with his son Barney, 23, one of a new generation of explorers. The eight-week journey, called the South Pole Energy Challenge, will be the world’s first polar expedition powered solely by renewable energy sources, including solar, wind technology and advanced biofuels made from woodchip waste provided by Shell.

By using these renewable energy sources, Robert and Barney will be able to power their cooking stove and keep warm in temperatures as low as -40°C, as they cover 600 miles through some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth.

The advanced Shell biofuels that the Swans will rely on were developed specifically for this expedition at the Shell Technology Centre, Bangalore, India.

To follow the Swans, visit facebook.com/Shell from the beginning of November.

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