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18 February 2013

…that the building control systems used in the “Neumayer III” research station operated by the Alfred-Wegener Institute(AWI) are based on automation and communication networks from Siemens? Technology used to run the polar and marine research station includes the Ethernet standard Profinet, as well as automation systems using Simatic touch panels and controllers.

Because the perpetual ice severely restricts the supply of spare parts and the performance of maintenance and servicing, the technology used on the station has to comply to a special standard of quality. The redundant networking provided by Profinet, for instance, eliminated the need for subsystem controllers. All key modules such as the recooling plants, the emergency diesel generator, the snow melting plant, storage tanks and air conditioning container are connected to the central Simatic S7-313C PN/DP controller with remote access. Information is visualized on site by six TP177A touch panels.

The continent of Antarctica extends over an area of almost 13.2 million square kilometers. Its year-round average temperature of -55 degrees Celsius poses an enormous challenge for nature, technology and human endurance. The new 2,300 ton research center, for instance, is built on 16 hydraulically operated foundation panels which can be hydraulically raised to compensate for the accumulation of snow and ice.

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