Eight wind turbines are en route to the South Pole where they will help provide power for Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research station. Using wind turbines marks a major change in Antarctic stations, which have mainly relied on diesel generators because wind turbines were thought not to be sturdy enough for the harsh environment.

Once installed, the turbines will have to endure some of the most severe climate conditions on Earth, including temperatures down to -60 degrees C while still providing 230V electricity for the station's heating, computers, lights and scientific instruments.