Bharathi Indian Polar Station, the scientific research facility, located in the Antarctic Circle, is being powered by combined heat and power technology since becoming operational last year.

The facility, which is comprised of shipping containers, uses three combined heat and power (CHP) units, fueled by kerosene, to generate heat and power.

Commissioned by India’s National Center For Antarctic And Ocean Research and designed by Hamburg-based BOF Architekten, the new station is located Larsmann Hills section of northeast Antarctica.

The treaty that governs international research stations on the  continent stipulate that the structure must have the ability to be completely disassembled and removed from the frigid landscape without leaving a trace, so the designers immediate turned to shipping containers as their building medium, reports EarthTechling.

Built on stilts, the Bharathi Polar Station has three floors, comprised of 134 shipping containers. The containers, which were prefabricated in Germany, are interlocked and covered by an insulated skin and outer shell.

Inside the facility are contained 24 single and double rooms, a kitchen, dining room, library, fitness room, offices, lounge, and an operating theatre along with laboratories, storage areas, assorted technical spaces, and a workshop.

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