World’s first fully solar powered airport, Kerala

Solar powered Cochin intl. airport, Kerala.

Nathaniel H. Egleston's quote (1882).

Because of ever  changing petroleum prices on the world market and  oil production costs, not to speak of its threat to environment  such as oil slicks, fracking of shale rocks  and coal beds to produce methane gas, etc, several countries are turning to renewable energy as an alternative source. Nuclear energy is a good option, but there are inherent 

environmental risks of  shale, coal 

Above image:  Environmental risks of  shale, coal beds fracking to produce methane gas. cancer causing chemicals are used in the fracking fluid. underground water'll be severely affected. land is not reusable.. Tar sands of Athabasca, N. Alberta is yet another .hot bed of air and water pollution..............

dangers involved in nuclear power plants  in case of some mishap, besides large investments and cost overruns. As for hydro electric power  production in India and across the world, it is not encouraging because of climate change and poor rain in the catchment areas. So man has now turned his attention to solar energy on a grand scale to produce electricity to supplement additional requirements. We have seen  solar-powered cars and even  aircraft in operation, though on a minor scale.  Here in India solar energy is used in thousands of homes across each state and in farms  where solar fences are used widely to prevent the entry of wild elephants and  other animals.
Above image:  Europe's largest coal fired power station. It's causing lung, eye and other health problems. Drax Power Station, Drax, Yorkshire, England.............

Since the sun is the perennial source of energy, world over, the energy scenario is changing  at a rapid clip. Solar energy will  have  effective and helpful impact on our environment since it is 100% clean energy - no pollutants, no green - house effects in this era of global warming that has impacted many countries. Most importantly, the source is ever-lasting and will stay for ever.

  Dangers of Oil slick: Santa Barbara coast,

camels and luxury of solar power!

The southern state of Kerala is a pioneering state in many fields. Since centuries,  it has been a leading producer of  spices in the world. Kerala is also one among the few Indian states to care about the dying "Historical Monuments" and the government runs a separate section to restore heritage sites on  a priority basis. Last year, Kerala was in  the news regarding solar energy. So is West Bengal which 's begun to give importance to solar energy. 

100% Solar powered Cochin intl. airport,

 Sun above sea wave below.

Cochin International Airport  that operates numerous flights to destinations in the Gulf states and other places has the unique distinction of becoming  the first ever solar power-operated airport in the world. In the annals of aviation industry, this airport has become the first trail blazer. Indeed an excellent job well done.    Last year in August (2015) the 12 MWp solar power plant was inaugurated by Kerala’s Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

As for the information available, the airport’s solar power plant  situated close to the cargo complex is spread over 45 acres of land and is being run by the parent company  CIAL - Cochin International Airport Limited. The plant, first of a kind in India, has more than 46,000 solar panels capable of generating 50,000 to 60,000 units of electric power every day. The total cost of this plant is  Rs. 60 crores.

100% Solar powered Cochin intl. airport, Kerala.

According to the  CIAL Director in his interview to the BBC, Urdu,  the Cochin Airport operations required an estimated 50,000 units of electricity on a daily basis that would be met by the new  integrated solar power plant. The company further stated that airport’s dependency on solar-power makes it ‘absolutely power neutral’.

Earlier in March 2013, the airport  installed  a 100 kWp solar plant atop the arrival terminal block. This major complete switch over to solar energy to run the entire airport is a great achievement that marks a new chapter in the area of  renewable energy  which is going to dominate the future energy requirements world over. The interesting information emerging out of this new project is, the Cochin airport prevents three lakh  metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over the next 25 years from coal-fired power plants. That is roughly equivalent  to planting three million trees. A huge safety-net for the environment.

Dangers of coal fired power plants:

 Above image:  Dangers of coal fired power plants: The largest sources of mercury pollution are coal-fired power plants. Airborne mercury emitted by these facilities can be deposited anywhere  ............  .

Following the foot step of Cochin, the Kolkata Subhash Chara Bose International Airport has a plan to set up 15 MW solar power plant on a 60 acre spread  to run the airport and  the ambitious plan was announced  last year . This  new project would cost the AAI more than Rs.100 crores.  Already it became the first airport in the country to have a  2 MW roof-top solar power plant.The monetary benefit will be worth Rs.2.16 crore annually. Currently the airport is spending Rs.18 crore annually toward electricity. The major advantage of roof-top solar panel is it reduces the load on the air-conditioner and the transmission loss is zero.

India has plans to increase the current capacity 4 GW to 100 GW by 1922 and this ambitious plan requires latest $100 billion investment. Taking their cue from Kerala and West Bengal, other states should ponder about solar powered airports and other  big public buildings.