Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

For decades, Antarctica has been the home of science and an example for preservation governance. The International Polar Foundation heralded the return of Belgium on the continent with the first ever “zero emission” station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

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  • Princess Elisabeth Antartica November 6th - © International Polar Foundation

    Welcome to Princess Elisabeth Antarctica!

    The 2023-2024 season is off to an active start as the Belgian Antarctic Research Expedition (BELARE) lead team arrived at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station!

  • Days of searching pay off when looking for meteorites - © International Polar Foundation / BAMM Proejct

    An Eventful Season for Meteorite Hunters at PEA

    For more than ten years, meteorite scientists from Belgian universities have been using the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station as a base from which to search for meteorites, which…

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The Venturi Antarctica - the world's first fully electric polar exploration vehicle - seen here supporting field work for the EU Horizon 2020 HYPERNETS project. The Venturi Antarctica transported instruments the project used to collect data on solar radiation and albedo back to the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. - © International Polar Foundation

Last Tasks of the Season

The 2022-23 austral sumemr resaerch season is coming to a close. Some of the last taks of the season include preparing the station for overwintering, packing up scientific equipment to…

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One Project, Multiple dimensions


Concept & Design

The design of the Princess Elisabeth Station goes well beyond the package. Every aspect of the station was worked and re-worked to minimize energy and material loss while optimizing performance and space.

Engineering work


The Construction

Two seasons of building were needed for the Princess Elisabeth Station to become entirely operational and welcome its first scientists. From 2004 onwards, follow the history of the station as it unfolds.

Construction steps


Zero Emission

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is a puzzle that took existing parts and reassembled them in an innovative way. As a prototype, the station is subjected to perpetual improvements to its efficiency, autonomy, and equipments.

Zero Emission Station


Polar Science

A new station in a vastly unexplored region of Antarctica, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica provides scientists with a wide variety of research environments and the necessary support to conduct their research in the best conditions.

Scientific projects