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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  • The Princess Elisabeth's solar panels have been boarded up to protect them against harsh winter conditions - © International Polar Foundation

    Ready to Leave!

    The final days of the 2021-22 season are upon us and they have been busy ones as we prepare to leave the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica on her own until…

  • The last teams of scientists for the 2021-22 season leave PEA  - © International Polar Foundation

    Entering the Home Stretch

    After a fruitful season of scientific research, the last teams of scientists bid farewell to the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica on Friday, February 4th. All scientists have since returned to their…

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Latest Pictures and Videos

Radio Monaco Interview on Venturi Antarctica

In December 2021, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the world's first zero-emission research station, welcomed a team from Venturi who were testing the first electric vehicle with caterpillar treads in Antarctica.

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Pyramid Trio - © Marie Minary, Maxime Vernier

Penelope Project at PEA

The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica has inspired yet another artist in her work. Marie Minary, from Besançon, France, has been working with other artists to create a…

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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