Locating scientific instruments in remote regions of the planet poses many common problems beyond just logistics, in particular when these instruments are to function autonomously or semiautonomously. In seismology, this is particularly prevalent for seismic stations located in the polar regions of the planet. Extremely cold, but also variable temperature, wind, and sunlight conditions as well as general inaccessibility hamper both operation and maintenance of equipment in such regions (Gill, 1974; Holcomb, 1982). The search for a reliable source of electrical power for the continuous operation of sensors and digitizing equipment continues to be one of these...

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