In order to address the future power needs, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), has decided to double its solar energy generation capacity from the existing 13.1 MWp. Cochin International airport became first airport in the world fully operated on solar power on 18th August 2015. The director board meeting held on 27th November 2015 has taken the decision to double the capacity in the wake of fast progressing construction of its new international terminal, which will instigate the power consumption to approximately one lakh units a day.
CIAL’s solar power project with an installed capacity of 12 MWp was inaugurated on August 18. This along with the previously installed solar power capacity of 1.1 MWp had made CIAL the first fully solar energy-powered airport in the world. Around 52,000 units of energy is being generated using the photovoltaic solar panels as against the airport’s daily power consumption of around 50,000 units. However, the consumption is likely to be doubled once the new international terminal spread over 15 lakh sq.ft becomes operational.
CIAL’s decision to install more panels is to meet that demand and retain its unique status as a fully solar energy-powered airport. At present, the solar power project comprising 46,000 panels is spread over 45 acres alongside the cargo complex. Another 10,000 plus panels would be installed in the remaining space here to generate an additional 2.40 MW power.
Panels to be installed atop the building housing hangar would help generate 3 MW and those to be laid above the new park are expected to bring another 1 MW to the airport’s power pool. Generation of another 7 MW through panels to be installed over the three km-long irrigation canal would take the total installed capacity to 26.50 MW.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala and Chairman CIAL, Mr. K.Babu, Minister, Mr. V.J.Kurian, MD, CIAL, Mr.M.A.Yusuffali, Mr.C.V.Jacob, Mr. E.M.Babu, Mr.N.V.George, Mr. Roy K.Paul, Ms. Ramani A.K, CIAL directors and Mr.A.M.Shabeer, ED, CIAL, Mr.Saji K.George, company secretary, Mr. Sunil Chacko, CFO, Mr. Jose Thomas P, GM, CIAL.