Ignacio Oficialdegui
Mending a 150m2 kite at the top of Dome Fuji
2022

Ignacio Oficialdegui

MI’20 – Meteorologist

prospecting for polar winds

meet ignacio

Ignacio Oficialdegui is a polar explorer using wind and sun instead of fossil fuel for energy in the most remote, pristine and hostile regions of Antarctica and Greenland. He has spent 25 years prospecting for invisible winds in more than seventy countries on six continents and has done 14.000 kilometers of polar ice traveling. This includes the North Pole, three crossings of Antarctica and one of Greenland. By collaborating with more than a dozen international scientific organizations, Ignacio has validated polar wind highways, sailing in the Ingenious windsled.

prospecting for polar winds
Nominated by: Ramón Larramendi FI'19
Class of 2022 Location Spain
Ignacio at Summit Station on the 2016 Greenland Ice Summit Expedition, 2016
Ignacio at Summit Station on the 2016 Greenland Ice Summit Expedition, 2016

As a pioneer prospecting for winds, my wish is to have contributed to the development of local communities that never knew they had such a resource. Invisible wind routes have already driven explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers with tons of equipment across more than 20.000 kilometers of ice. Wind highways took us across uncertain, unexplored landscapes to the True South Pole of Inaccessibility, the isolated Russian Vostok Station, the abandoned American Plateau Station, the Geographic South Pole, the Pole of Cold area beside Dome Fuji and the Summit Base at the top of Greenland Inland Ice.

“Invisible wind routes have already driven explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers with tons of equipment across more than 20.000 kilometers of ice.”

- Ignacio Oficialdegui
Ignacio with astronaut Spain Innovation Minister Pedro Duque planning a mobile Polar Station
Ignacio with astronaut Spain Innovation Minister Pedro Duque planning a mobile Polar Station

This has allowed me to work with scientific organizations searching for life where life is not possible. It has included studying muons crossing the planet, undisturbed oxygen isotopes that hide the history of our atmosphere, unpredictable meteorological data, substances polluting areas thought to be unspoiled, validating the Galileo satellite network, and testing astonishing devices before embarking to similar environments on Mars.

I hope this shakes conventional logistic practices that use fuel. Polar exploration should progress from the use of polluting and high carbon track solutions. Finding wind power is an exponential joy to the explorer that I invite you to try.

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