08 Aug Kochi International Airport operates only with solar energy
06/08/2016 source “América Economia”
The Airport of Kochi is located thirty kilometers from the city of Kochi, in India, and is one of most busy and with more traffic in the country. It was built in 1999 and moves about seven million passengers a year, being the fourth airport in international traffic. Three years ago it began to add solar panels that feed the installation and give full autonomy and self-sufficiency, making the international airport in Kochi the “first green airport in the world.
It took 48,154 photovoltaic panels to generate 12 megawatts daily power to ensure the self-sufficiency of the airport. The move, which was not easy, was made by the German company Bosch, which installed nearly 50,000 panels on an area of 20 hectares of not profitable land.
We speak of spectacular figures, to which joined the cost of the project, 10 million Dollars, which amortization was calculated for a period of five years thanks to the immense power saving that implies this major plant. Beyond, the savings in environmental costs should be added to the economic cost. These figures show us that this kind of projects is more than profitable.
The plant is constantly generating data, allowing know in real time how the measurers are – if there are clouds and the levels fall, or if the sun is shining and it hits the maximum. And, according to the latest data obtained by the company, the plant works much better than what was expected and Bosch expects to continue improving these data in the coming months.
The experience is being very positive, so much that they are already thinking of giving several more steps, such as recycling water and expand the project of solar energy to 30 of the 125 airports that India has.
This encouraged more airports to add up to this initiative, and the second in the list is the airport Western Cape, in South Africa.