The WindKinetic™ Polar 50W has been installed in Alaska as part of an hybrid system which is providing power to telemetric instrumentation. The installation is placed at Immavit Creek in the Alaskan Brooks Range, the Arctic National Wildlife refuge is in the background. The small power system supports instrumentation used from the ITEX (International Tundra Experiment). The International Tundra Experiment is a collaborative effort involving scientists from more than 11 countries, including all the Arctic nations. ITEX seeks to examine the response of circumpolar cold adapted plant species and tundra ecosystems to environmental change, specifically to an increase in summer temperature. Empirical knowledge based on experiments coupled with available evolutionary history, ecology, and genetics was chosen as the best way to predict species response to climate change.
The power system is composed from a wind turbine WindKinetic™ Polar 50W a solar panel and a fuel cell for back up. Weather conditions are particularly hard with temperature that can go down to -40C. Those condition can make it very difficult fore a turbine to operate due to ice building and bearings freeze.WindKinetic™ Polar 50W designed for this extreme conditions performed without any issues or downtime. WindKinetic™ Polar 50W can operate down to -50 and with terrible wind speed producing up to 200W of power. For applications in extremely harsh environments the success of a mission may depend from just few watts, WindKinetic™ Polar 50W can deliver constant and reliable power without maintenance with a life spam of decades.