The global aviation industry contributes around 2% of total global carbon emissions. With ambitious goals being set by government bodies and the world’s airport associations to improve sustainability, it is now mandatory for airports to reduce their carbon emissions and overall energy use.
Two ways in which airports can improve sustainability are by adopting microgrids to provide green, resilient power, and transitioning to electric ground support equipment.
Microgrids are self-contained electrical networks that give airports the ability to manage their own on-site power and the control to use it when and how they want. They can integrate renewable energy like wind and solar, and manage and optimize the use of that energy with features such as on-site storage (batteries and fuel cells) that can store energy from on-site generation that would otherwise be wasted. Microgrids are the cornerstone of airports’ sustainable future because their green, resilient power provides essential energy security.
When it comes to the electrification of ground support equipment (eGSE), a reliable, efficient solution that melds EV infrastructure and technology must be in place to support sustainability and ensure passengers have a disruption-free, on-time travel experience. This requires technology like power distribution and electrical distribution management tools to support eGSE charging and the energy consumption of EV charging units to cut emissions and costs. An effective eGSE fleet also needs features like real-time monitoring and control of power system status and identification of abnormal temperature, insulation faults or power disturbances.