India gets its first green airport

Cochin International Airport becomes the first solar powered airport in the country
 With the commissioning of 12-MWp photovoltaics (PV) plant, Cochin International airport limited (CIAL) becomes the first airport in the country which would be operating on solar power.
The PV panels laid across 45 acres near cargo complex at Cochin airport have the capacity to generate 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day.  The generated electricity would be consumed for airport’s operational functions, which will technically make it ‘absolutely power neutral’.
CIAL has ventured into the solar PV sector during March 2013 by installing a 100 kWp solar PV plant on the roof top of the arrival terminal block. This was a trendsetter in the field of grid-connected solar PV in Kerala. The plant was installed by the Kolkata-based Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd. Four hundred numbers of polycrystalline modules of 250 Wp with five numbers of 20-kW capacity Refu-sol make string inverters were used in this plant. This is a grid connected system without any battery storage.
CIAL also installed a 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. Four thousand numbers of monocrystalline modules of 250 Wp with thirty three numbers of 30 kW capacity Delta make string inverters were used in this plant, which is the first Megawatt scale installation of solar PV system in Kerala.
Both these plants are equipped with a SCADA system, through which remote monitoring is carried out. After commissioning, these plants have so far saved more than 550 tonnes of CO2 emission contributing to the efforts of CIAL towards minimising environmental degradation.
CIAL is now in the process of setting up a 12 MWp solar PV plant as part of its green initiatives. This will come up in an area of about 45 acres near the International Cargo premises. The work has been awarded to Bosch Ltd. The project components include PV modules of 265 Wp capacity manufactured by Renesola, and inverters of 1 MW capacity manufactured by ABB India. _____________________________________________________________“After commissioning, this installation is expected to generate around 48,000 units per day, which along with the electricity generated from the existing 1.10 MWp plants, would be sufficient to meet the power requirement of the airport,” airport officials said.

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India gets its first green airport

Cochin International Airport becomes the first solar powered airport in the country
 With the commissioning of 12-MWp photovoltaics (PV) plant, Cochin International airport limited (CIAL) becomes the first airport in the country which would be operating on solar power.
The PV panels laid across 45 acres near cargo complex at Cochin airport have the capacity to generate 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day.  The generated electricity would be consumed for airport’s operational functions, which will technically make it ‘absolutely power neutral’.
CIAL has ventured into the solar PV sector during March 2013 by installing a 100 kWp solar PV plant on the roof top of the arrival terminal block. This was a trendsetter in the field of grid-connected solar PV in Kerala. The plant was installed by the Kolkata-based Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd. Four hundred numbers of polycrystalline modules of 250 Wp with five numbers of 20-kW capacity Refu-sol make string inverters were used in this plant. This is a grid connected system without any battery storage.
CIAL also installed a 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. Four thousand numbers of monocrystalline modules of 250 Wp with thirty three numbers of 30 kW capacity Delta make string inverters were used in this plant, which is the first Megawatt scale installation of solar PV system in Kerala.
Both these plants are equipped with a SCADA system, through which remote monitoring is carried out. After commissioning, these plants have so far saved more than 550 tonnes of CO2 emission contributing to the efforts of CIAL towards minimising environmental degradation.
CIAL is now in the process of setting up a 12 MWp solar PV plant as part of its green initiatives. This will come up in an area of about 45 acres near the International Cargo premises. The work has been awarded to Bosch Ltd. The project components include PV modules of 265 Wp capacity manufactured by Renesola, and inverters of 1 MW capacity manufactured by ABB India. _____________________________________________________________“After commissioning, this installation is expected to generate around 48,000 units per day, which along with the electricity generated from the existing 1.10 MWp plants, would be sufficient to meet the power requirement of the airport,” airport officials said.

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