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International Airport Powered By Solar Panels

Who would have thought that it would be possible to provide enough electricity at an international airport purely by using solar panels? Well, that is exactly what has happened at Cochin International Airport in Kochi in India.

Cochin International Airport is the first international airport to produce electricity entirely by using solar panels.

There are now over 46,000 solar panels mounted on land in close proximity to the airport. It has taken around 6 months to install the panels. In fact, they are probably one of the first things that many passengers on planes coming into land may see as they shine in the sunlight.

The Cochin International Airport is the 7th busiest one in the country. It dealt with almost 7 million passengers in the financial year covering 2014 to 2015 so is particularly well utilised.

As you are no doubt aware, solar panels are environmentally friendly as they reduce the amount of carbon emissions. In this respect, it is estimated that by installing solar power at the airport will lower carbon emissions by around 300,000 tons every year and that is a significant volume.

So successful has the project been that the solar panels are generating more electricity than the airport uses so any surplus is held in reserve with the national grid to be used as and when required. It is estimated that the airport will have covered the installation costs in under 6 years that is commendable.

It will be interesting to see if any of the other airports around the world decide to become entirely dependent upon solar panels to provide electricity to run them. The cost of providing electricity at an airport must be huge as you have so many uses for it such as heating and lighting. Can you imagine the number of solar panels that would be required at the likes of London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports here in the UK and will we ever see sufficient installed to achieve complete reliance on them to provide electricity?

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