Energy Audit for Field Camp K220
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
To improve efficiency on field camps Antarctica New Zealand wants to introduce a guideline for researchers to help them organising their energy demands in the field. Therefore an energy audit was carried out at the field event K220 from 21 December to 29 December 2009. During the field camp 14 students and 5 supervisors from Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, carried out different activities on the Ice to learn more about the continent, flora and fauna, research and history. This included trips to historic huts, geography at Castle Rock and seal census at Hutton Cliffs. The camp was run very basic to keep the energy demand low. As a result most of the energy was consumed for transportation and cooking. In the following, the camp as well as the used equipment is described shortly. The energy demanding tools and vehicles are shown and the frequency of usage is presented. After discussing the individual fuel consumptions the total usage is summarized. Then, the energy demands of two other field activities will also be presented based on the gained experience at K220. Finally, they will be compared to each other to gain a better understanding for energy demands and distribution in Antarctic field camps.