Mawson's Huts Foundation, formed in 1996, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and conserving the four small wooden huts that sheltered the Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911 to 1914, under Dr Douglas Mawson. The foundation relies on donations to lead successful voyages to the site in Cape Denison, Antarctica each year. During their most recent expedition in December 2009, the team was aided by a Honda EM50is generator, donated by Honda Power Equipment.
According to Honda MPE Sales Manager, Ray Briffa, the Honda EM50is generator is ideally suited to the foundation’s unusual requirements. “Two carpenters on the expedition used the EM50is generator to power their equipment, including chainsaws to cut through the ice covering the aircraft remains and to remove ice from inside a hut,” Mr Briffa said. An advanced four-stroke EM50is guarantees commercial quality electricity and makes this generator ideal for powering sensitive or large appliances. Thanks to Honda’s revolutionary Eco-throttle system, which automatically adjusts the engine’s RPM to generate only as much power as required, fuel consumption is reduced by approximately 10 per cent compared to conventional generators.
With the help of Honda’s donation, the Mawson’s Huts Foundation was able to complete their extensive project in just one summer.