Creating a history, Kochi Airport became the first airport in the world to operate fully on solar power.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 12 MWp solar power plant, comprising 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the cargo complex, at a function at the airport.
Kochi Airport will require around 50000 to 60000 units of electricity every day for carrying out all its operational functions, which technically makes the airport ‘absolutely power neutral,’ Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said in a release, adding, it is the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power.
CIAL started this project way back in 2013 by starting to venture into the solar PV sector, by installing 100 kWp solar PV Plant on the rooftop of the Arrival Terminal Block. This way it created a new trend in the field of solar power generation in Kerala.
A Kolkata-based Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd helped CIAL to install this huge project. A total of 400 polycrystalline modules of 250Wp with five numbers of 20kW capacity ‘Refu-sol make string inverters’ were used in this plant. It is a grid connected system without any battery storage.
The CIAL went on to install 1 MWp solar PV power plant partly on the roof top and partly on the ground in the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility within the airport premises. This plant was installed by Emvee Photovoltaic Power Pvt. Ltd. 4000 monocrystalline modules of 250Wp with 33 numbers of 30kW capacity Delta make string inverters were used in this plant, which is the first Megawatt scale installation of solar PV system in Kerala
With the increased investment in solar energy generation, this move of CIAL has been a futuristic one as till now it has helped in cutting more than 550MT of CO2 emission. This will help India in realising its goal of clean energy, as well as motivate other sectors to take up this route of clean energy
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