CIAL to double solar power production by hosting 'solar' parking
- With the net phase a total of 50 acres will come under solar panel
- The 13MW power capacity will fulfill the energy needs of new international terminal
- Electric cars will be able to recharge batteries at the car parking facility
The solar revolution of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is all set to have unique facets as the company has decided to bring its car parking area and nearby canal under solar panels, facilitating an increased production of solar power. The new move aims to equip the airport to meet the demand of new international terminal which is getting ready for inauguration.
Solar panels will be installed above car parking area, and over 1500 cars will be parked below the new facility. Electric cars parked in the lot will be able to recharge car batteries here. The 13 MW power capacity will provide the energy needed for the functioning of new international terminal spread over 15 lakh sqft area.
Panels installed above car parking area will have 2 MW capacity while those above 3.5 km stretch of the canal will have 7MW capacity. CIAL will also plant solar panels, with 2 MW capacity, around the hanger facility. The capacity of solar panels set up near cargo complex will be augmented by 2.4 MW to reach 15.5MW.
With the second phase, a total of 50 acres near the airport will be covered by solar panels. The work of car parking facility is being undertaken by Tata Power.
Currently, CIAL is producing 52, 000 units per day while their average consumption is 48, 000 units per day. The surplus amount is sold to Kerala State Electricity Board.
With the commissioning of the new international terminal, the power requirement is expected to shoot up to 1 lakh units per day.