It does not always have to be carbon, not even the biggest engine. Sometimes plastic and the power of the sun suffice. At least two Dutch people, for example, who want to leave for the South Pole with a solar-powered recycling vehicle.
Under the project name “Clean2Antarctica” the Dutch couple Edwin and Liesbeth ter Velde will leave for the South Pole. Not from the nearby Netherlands, but from the Union Islands.
For this, the two have developed a vehicle that is made of old plastic waste and driven solely by oversized solar panels on the approximately 16m long vehicle called SolarVoyager.
The individual parts of the vehicle were produced using the 3D printing process of a Dutch company, which converts “worthless” plastic waste into threads for the production of 3D printing products.
The idea behind the journey may seem like a veil to many. However, this journey demonstrates how waste can be used intelligently, thanks to new technologies, and even for demands in extreme situations. The journey is designed for 30 days and we will continue to watch this special journey.
More information about the trip can be found here.