Construction of a modular camp for the new CENTRO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS (CSIC) Scientific Base in the Antarctic. It includes all the equipment necessary to guarantee its self-sufficiency in extreme conditions: electricity generation, air conditioning, hot water, communications (internet, telephone, wi-fi), water treatment, integrated waste management, etc.
- The Juan Carlos I Base is located on the SE coast of South Bay on the Hurd Peninsular of Livingston Island, one of the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic, about 1,000 kilometres from the coasts of Tierra del Fuego and 12,500 kilometres from the Iberian Peninsula. It is about 100 m. from the shore and 12 m. above sea level.
- The project’s main objective is to provide Spanish scientists and researchers with a modern, efficient, comfortable and non-contaminant operating base in the immense and marvellous natural laboratory of the Antarctic.
- La Base is made up of 10 independent modules with a capacity for 24 people, but can be expanded to house 48. In the centre of the Base is a Y-shaped group of three modules that together form the living area, and consist of dormitory modules and a “living” module with kitchen, living/dining room, communications and communal areas.
- The other modules are used for laboratories, co-generation (heat/electricity generation), waste treatment, storage, workshops and nautical equipment. A single module houses the radome, equipped with a 2.5 m diameter communications antenna.
- The external structure is made in polyester reinforced with high-visibility red glass fibre on the outside. It requires minimal maintenance and is highly resistant to erosion, meeting all the energy, environmental and building specifications set in the Antarctic Treaty.
- The structure is completely sealed against the exterior so that it can withstand extreme temperatures and has thermal insulation in the “life modules” to minimise heat loss.