Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) on Sunday commissioned one of the largest solar power plants at 452KWh in the state. The project is part of the company’s efforts to maintain a viable airport using green energy.
With the new installation going on, the installed capacity of the airport has increased to 40 MWp, helping it to generate about 1.60 lakh energy per day, said a communication here. Daily use stands at 1.30 lakh units.
Interestingly, the CIAL experiment with green power generation tests has gained another and more milestone in installation, as the company has developed a cost-effective, high-performance polyethylene float using French technology. A total of 1,300 photovoltaic panels were installed and placed over two artificial ponds located at the 130-acre CIAL golf course.
Plants covering an area of one hectare are connected to the KSEB grid which will be stored where required.
Pre-release trials have shown that panels costing ₹ 2 crore generate energy with the highest emissions among the eight solar panels installed by CIAL on the airport premises.
V.J. Kurien, co-founder, CIAL, noted the success of the plant in the company’s tireless efforts to bring new technology and its operating philosophy in line with international standards.
“CIAL has been rebuilding itself since its infancy. One of the new things we have shown is that reliance on green energy is possible even for high-power consumers as the airport has won the Champions of the Earth Award established by the United Nations. We are committed to protecting the environment and we are trying our best to reduce carbon emissions, ”Mr Kurien was quoted as saying on social media.
CIAL has successfully implemented the concept of Total Sustainability Management at its golf course where the prepared water comes from a sewage treatment plant at an airport used to harvest water with the help of 12 artificial ponds. The water in the ponds is used to irrigate golf grass.
CIAL aims to become the second largest power producer in the State after KSEB. Work on the 12-MWp plant is underway at Payyannur in Kannur, an extension of communications.
Source:- Economic Times