This is green-thinking on a grand scale!
When would ever see as many as 46,000 solar panels in one airport producing some 48,000 units of energy every single day? Well, you would if you travel to the 100% solar powered airport in Kochi. The CO2 and economic savings are truly dynamic and are likely to raise eyebrows across the world of airport engineering teams and developers.
Between now and 2040, this solar-powered airport is expected to save 300,000 tons of carbon emissions. And it’s not surprising the government commissioned such a project as there are plenty of sunshine hours here and temperatures with an annual mean of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
The international airport serves the giant Indian city of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala. Cochin is India’s third busiest terminal with only the international hubs at Mumbai and Delhi seeing more passenger numbers.
There is a dedicated solar plant here, built specifically to power the airport. The solar power plant is dotted with three distinct locations within the airport boundaries. Most of the panels are placed on the roof of the training centre but there are plants based on one massive roof of the MRO hangar and one mounted on the ground.
Amazingly, this worlds first in solar power and green thinking supports a busy airport that boasts some three terminals: one is for cargo, one for international passengers and the other flying in and out from domestic locations.
Although Cochin International Airport has been around since 1999, it did not become fully solar-powered until as recently as August 2015. However, one such forward-thinking environmentally profound concept in the pipeline is a self-sustainable town, which is planned to be located near to the airport and may house airport workers and hotels.
100% solar powered airport in Kochi, India covers nearly 45 acres of land
It was originally planned to be 500 acres in size but the designers could see this idea expanding further as time goes on. As developers and airport building magnates learn of the success at Cochin International, it may well inspire a trend to build solar plants at other international airports in Africa, the Middle East, and Australasia.