Kochi Airport is an example for others for Solar Power

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“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others”- Theodore Roosevelt.

Solar energy has been used by human beings since time immemorial. Solar power is used in widespread of the ever so progressing technologies of the world. Solar energy has always proven to have immense amount of constructive and helpful impact on us and environment as a whole. The excessively injurious pollutants that are liable for the ‘GREEN-HOUSE EFFECT’ which is known to lead to global warming are not at all fabricated by solar energy. The best part of solar energy is that it is a renewable source of energy which basically means that it will stay there forever; it will be consumed for all practical human usages.

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India is currently in the midst of ramping up its solar power generation. The MODI GOVERNMENT has plans to increase the country’s solar power capacity from the existing 4 GW to 100 GW by 2022. In the next seven years, the government is expecting an investment of $100 billion in the sector, to fund such a huge and ambitious expansion.  In addition, some of Asia’s big billionaires like Anil Ambani, Gautam Adani, and Masayoshi Son have assured massive investments in this sector.

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COCHIN INTERNATONAL AIRPORT in the southern Indian state of Kerela has become the first airport in the world in the industry of aviation to completely operate on solar power. It unveiled the new system on 18th August, 2015, that will make the airport absolutely power neutral.

Let’s look up to some important points behind setting up of one of its own kinds of airport in the world:

CREATE A WANT TO BE DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS IN A GOOD WAY

Everybody is different from one another. Everybody and everything has something       unique in itself. There is just a need to create a different identity and get recognised amongst all. So does the Managing director of CIAL (COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LTD) stated, “We didn’t want to be identified as just another airport and be confined to it.” So, keep trying to be different from others and create your own unique identity.

AFTER EVERY SUCCESS AND CONTINOUS HARD WORK, LIES A GRAND SUCCESS

CIAL initiated the pilot project in February 2013 to shift to renewable energy by setting up a 100 Kilowatt (KW) unit. But when efforts showed good results and everybody found it feasible, CIAL set up a 1 MW (Megawatt) unit in November 2013. The project was undertaken as it proved to be ultra clean, natural and sustainable source of energy.

MASSIVE FINANCIAL BENEFITS

Solar energy systems are very much affordable. Therefore, CIAL adopted the smartest things to do and see a reduction in their utility bills.

CIAL NEVER STOPPED

In terms of passenger traffic, Cochin International Airport is India’s Fourth largest International Airport. It gave birth to a 12 MW (megawatt) solar power project. The airport already had 1 MW (megawatt) solar power plant, which could easily produce 4000 unit of electricity daily. But with this 12 MW solar plant, airport can now produce 60,000 units of electricity every day, which is more than enough to meet its daily requirement.

CONSUMPTION OF POWER RESOURCES ADEQUETLY

After the airport found 1 MW (MEGAWATT) project financially feasible, it invited various tenders to set up 12 MW (MEGAWATT) project within the airport complex. The work on this project ended in less than six months. Since airport is producing more than what is likely to be consumed, CIAL is planning to supply some of the power into the state grid.

PLANS TO GO- GREEN

This green power project is expected to avoid carbon dioxide emissions over the next 25 years from the coal-fired power plants by more than three lakh metric tons, which is also equivalent to planting three million trees.

SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS

Another Indian airport, on the heels of Kochi, has laid down plans to focus on being solar powered airport. On August 18, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport declared their plan to set up a 15 MW (MEGAWATT) solar power plant on 60 acres of land. And as mentioned earlier, the government of India plans to expand its solar power capacity by 2022.

KOCHI DESIRES TO SAVE BIG IN FUTURE

This solar project is spread across 45 acres of land which is equivalent to 25 football fields. CIAL spent Rs 62 Crores ($9.5 Million) to a German engineering company-BOSCH, for building this grand project. The area of this solar unit was designated for setting up a cargo handling facility.

After this huge investment, creating the use of solar energy seems to be one of the best options available on the global front.


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