0,75 Euro 2007 - South Pole Base Princess Elisabeth

0,75 Euro 2007 - South Pole Base Princess Elisabeth
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General Description : Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, located on Utsteinen Nunatak in Queen Maud Land (

71.57°S 23.20°E) is a Belgian scientific polar research station, which went into service on February 15, 2009. The station, designed, built and operated by the International Polar Foundation, is the first polar base that combines eco-friendly construction materials, clean and efficient energy use, optimization of the station's energy consumption and clever waste management techniques.

The station is built against a ridge (The Utsteinen ridge) that is exposed to gales of up to 300 km/h. The station can withstand such strong winds through its aerodynamic shape and its foundation anchoring of several metres deep into the permafrost. Philippe Samyn, a Belgian architect, was involved in designing the shell and underlying structure. The upper deck of the building is the actual station and looks over the ridge edge. The lower deck contains a garage for snowcat vehicles and other utilities.

The Princess Elisabeth base is the only zero emission base on the Antarctic, and runs entirely on solar and wind energy through the use of a micro smartgrid grid. The station is connected to nine wind turbines that stretch out along the Utsteinen ridge. It will house up to 16 scientists at a time.

The station is named after Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, Princess of Belgium, the eldest daughter and heiress apparent of Philippe, King of the Belgians.
Face value 0,75 Euro
Catalog code (Michel) 3709
Catalog code Belgian Stamps Catalog BE-3661
Stamp colour multicolour
Stamp use Mini-sheet stamp
Print run 564.600
Issue date 16/06/2007
Designer François Schuiten
Perforation 11 1/2
Height 38.15 mm
Width 48.75 mm
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