INDIA PRESENTS WORLD’S FIRST AIRPORT TO FULLY RUN ON SOLAR POWER

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Cochin International Airport in India paves the way towards a more sustainable future by switching to full utilisation of solar energy in its operations.

By Isabelle Pinto

vjV.J. Kurian

MD of CIAL

In fact, we are producing a few megawatt of extra energy which is being distributed to the state’s power grid.

Kochi, a beautiful seaside city on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula is widely known as a tourist spot amongst local and foreign tourists alike. Located in the state of Kerala, this vibrant city is especially known for its wide array of historical attractions ranging from age-old colonial buildings to century-old places of worship. Attracting high numbers of tourists each year, Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic visitors in Kerala.

To cater to the needs of these tourists, Kochi prides itself for its world class Kochi International Airport. Located about 30km off the city at Nedumbassery, it is one of India’s better airports equipped with advanced facilities. It is also the largest and busiest airport in the state of Kerala, handling 5 million passengers per year and more than 1,100 aircraft movements per week.

However, what sets this mega landing strip apart from others is the fact that unlike most airports, this one comes with a stunning 12MWp solar power plant spread across 45 acres of land, making it the first airport in the world to be run fully on solar power.

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