Create a Carbon Neutral Research Base, Seychelles

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
May 22, 2013

A photovoltaic solar powered research base

We have some very exciting news to report on this project! We have now completed building the Carbon Neutral Research base on Curieuse Island thanks to your donations! 

The Curieuse base is working to become a leader in sustainability, a flagship location for GVI’s environmental policy; functioning with as little disruption as possible to the environment in which we work. Operating from a remote Island location, logistical supply and energy consumption is at the forefront of our minds.

The design and assimilation of the photovoltaic system on Curieuse has been headed up by GVI’s Climate Care Director Tim Kirkpatrick. It was designed with the remit of supplying 24hrs electricity a day seven days a week, being highly corrosive resistant to cope with island beachfront conditions and to be maintenance free and easy operate. The solar array is an addition to the existing building and not actually part of the structure, making it essay to move to another location if needed. The whole system can be dismantled ready to move in a matter of hours. The solar system works perfectly saving nearly $7000 annually in fuel bills as well as avoiding 9 tons of Co² emissions.

‘ For the first time since GVI took over the base eight years ago the annoying clatter of a generator running has ceased and peace reigns over this tranquil little island’ Tim Kirkpatrick, GVI Climate Care Director.

Moving into 2013 we at Curieuse are looking into further ways to reduce our impact on the environment.  Through additional rainwater harvesting schemes and the installation of a water purifier to supply drinking water to the research team based here, we hope to help continue to preserve the unique island paradise in which we work. 

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ross Deans
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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