Laboratory and Office Equipment

There are four science laboratory areas at Scott Base detailed below. Use of Labs must be organised through the Event Planning Team at Antarctica New Zealand before travelling to Scott Base.

HFC workstations
Turbine Single Puffy Clouds

Power Supply

Scott Base is powered from a grid that feeds both Scott Base and McMurdo Station.  Power is fed into the grid from three sources:  generators at McMurdo, Antarctica New Zealand wind turbines and Scott Base generators. 

  • Scott Base - three x 200kW AN8 Cat Generators
  • Windfarm - three x 330kW Enercon E33 wind turbines
  • McMurdo Station - five x 1400kW AN8 Cat Generators

The average load at Scott Base is around 120kW and can run two main generators at any time with a backup generator in the event of a blackout.  The generators also supply waste heat to the interconnected buildings that make up the base.  When generators aren't running heat is supplied using AN8 fuelled boilers.

Antarctica New Zealand with the help of Meridian Energy installed three 330kW Enercon E33 wind turbines on Crater Hill above Scott Base, creating the southernmost wind farm in the world.  The windfarm supplies energy to both Scott Base and the neighbouring McMurdo Station, forming part of Antarctica New Zealand's contribution to the joint logistics pool with the United States Antarctic Program.  The three turbines reduce the amount of fuel required for power generation by around 463,000 litres and cut CO2 emissions by 1242 tonnes per year.

The US and NZ have worked closely to try minimise fuel use across both bases.   Automatic generation at Scott Base has recently been implemented to minimise running more than one of their big generators at McMurdo, by supplementing energy with the Scott Base generators.  By combining the energy generated by the wind farm and the Scott Base generators, it is now possible to supply power to McMurdo with only one of their big generators running.