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In A First, Mumbai Airport to Use Renewable Sources for Energy Needs

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport aims to launch a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine along with a solar PV hybrid (solar mill).

Airports to Use Renewable Sources For Energy Needs

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has launched a pilot programme with the aim of enabling a highly efficient, low-carbon future to begin using renewable energy sources. The initiative will guarantee 24-hour electricity generation and use most of the energy required by wind systems.

The move is in line with the “Green India” vision and the airport aims to launch a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) along with a solar PV hybrid (solar mill).

The new technology will help ensure uninterrupted power generation and maximum energy consumption through wind systems at Mumbai Airport.

A Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) spokesperson said, “This sustainable initiative undertaken by the airport aims in reducing dependence on conventional electricity, which propels its journey towards ‘net zero’ emissions,” as quoted by the Hindustan Times.

“To assist in enhancing capacity usage of green energy, CSMIA has deployed a 10 kWp hybrid solar mill consisting of 2 kWp turbo mill (3 Savonius type VAWT) and 8 kWp solar PV modules, with an estimated minimum energy generation of 36 kWh/day,” a Mumbai airport official said.

Windstream Energy Technologies India Private Limited has developed this first fully integrated hybrid renewable energy product that combines solar and wind energy to generate electricity. The energy generated by this technology can be customised as per needs. Due to its modular and scalable size, the technology is easy to deploy on any mobile or fixed rooftop, officials said.

“It is estimated that the VAWT technology will generate around 13,140 kWh/annum for 25 years, and will increase renewable energy in the existing energy mix and can reduce carbon emission to about 2,59,515 kgCO2e (kilogram of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram),” the Mumbai airport spokesperson said.

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