Cochin International Airport commissions floating solar power plants

Kochi: Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), which turned the world’s first solar-powered airport in 2015, on Sunday added one other feather to its cap, commissioning two floating solar power plants in Kerala.

With the set up of the plants with a capability of 452 KWh over two synthetic lakes, the airport’s whole put in capability has risen to 40 MWp serving to it to provide round 1.60 lakh items of power a day in opposition to per day consumption of round at 1.30 lakh items, the CIAL stated.

“CIALs trysts with the experiments in producing green energy achieved another milestone with this installation as the company has introduced cost-effective high-density polyethylene floats; using French technology, upon which 1300 photovoltaic panels were mounted and laid over two artificial lakes located in the 130-acre CIAL golf course”, it stated.

The plants protecting a complete space of 1 acre are linked to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) power grid, CIAL stated in a launch. The pre-commissioning trials confirmed that these panels, which price round Rs 2 crore to the corporate, have been producing power with most output effectivity among the many eight solar power plants put in by CIAL at numerous places within the airport premises, the corporate stated. CIAL founder managing director V J Kurian attributed the success of the plants to the companys relentless efforts in bringing in new applied sciences and its working philosophy at par with international requirements.

“CIAL has been reinventing itself since its formative days. One of our innovations which proved that relying upon green energy is possible even for the high energy consumers like an airport has won us the champions of the earth award instituted by the United Nations. We are committed to the protection of nature and trying our best to reduce the carbon footprints,” he stated.

The firm efficiently executed the concept of Total Sustainability Management (TSM) in its golf course the place handled water from the sewage remedy plant of the airport is used for water harvesting with the assistance of 12 synthetic lakes. The water from these lakes are used for irrigating the lawns of the golf course and now, with the set up of the floating power plants, it has leapt another step ahead in TSM.

The technical help for the floating plants was offered by French firm CIEL TERRA. French Ambassador to India Immanuel Lenain had visited the floating plants final month and expressed his satisfaction. CIAL stated it goals to grow to be the second largest power producer within the state after KSEB, including a 12 MWp plant was being accomplished at Payyannur in Kannur district.

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