GoodWe Installs Inverters at Cochin International Airport of India

The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is the fourth largest international airport in the country in terms of handling international passengers.

August 27, 2021. By News Bureau

The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is the fourth largest international airport in the country in terms of handling international passengers.

CIAL has taken the lead in utilising renewable energy in the aviation sector by becoming the first fully solar-powered airport in the country. It is the first green field airport in the country built with public-private partnership. Planned and constructed from scratch, the airport has been acclaimed for setting a novel idea in infrastructure development. 

According to the CIAL authorities, the airport had last year opened a state-of-the-art new international terminal for passengers and the renovation of the old domestic terminal is progressing for utilising it for other commercial purposes. So, the airport requires more solar power to make new extensions and other infrastructure facilities functional. Once the installed capacity of the solar power system is upgraded to 40 MW, it will be able to generate around 1.6 lakh units of power per day, against its daily requirement of 1.2-1.3 lakh units, said CIAL authorities.

Sterling and Wilson has set up a 7.5-MW ground-mounted plant for airport facilities and a 2.4-MW rooftop carport array. The new 2.4-MW rooftop carport array is located in front of the domestic terminal. The airport company has already developed a solar car park with solar panels having fitted on the rooftop of the car bay in front of the international terminal which has an installed capacity of 2.5 MW.

In spite of several climatic & guideline challenges, GoodWe has successfully installed a total capacity of 10MWp with a total number of 137 GW60KN-MT, MT-G2 inverters. Built to achieve maximum efficiency, GoodWe MT series inverters boasts maximum efficiency 99%, aimed at maximising long-term returns and profitability using advanced topology and innovative control technology.

This projectct has generated 28628.33 MWh of clean energy till July 2021, further contributing to CIALs efforts to sustain power-positive status of the airport.

The key Innovation was the Floating project.

India subsidiary diary Ciel Et Terre Solar Pvt Ltd. (CTSP) has installed its first 450 kW floating solar project at Cochin Airport’s CIAL golf course, as per the media report. This is the first installed Hydrelio floating photovoltaic project in the country.

Cochin Airport Authority Limited (CIAL) implemented the project, with Sterling Wilson as the engineering procurement construction (EPC) service provider.

According to a company statement, installing the initial 100 kW demonstration project in May, to a delegation visiting the airport for International Solar Alliance, took less than two weeks. CIAL successfully executed the idea of Total sustainability management (TSM) in its golf course where treated water from the sewage treatment plant of the airport is used for water harvesting with the help of 12 artificial lakes.

The water from these lakes is used for irrigating the lawns of the golf course and now, with the installation of the floating power plants, it has leapt one more step forward in TSM. 

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