World’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport established by India

Solar powered Future

Solar energy is the power source of future. Thermal, Hydro, gas etc would undoubtedly supply sufficient energy at present but, it is very essential to count on them in the future too. How ever they would never produce a continuous demand supply needs and would one day get exhausted which is a harsh reality. Hence to compensate this scenario Scientists are brainstorming to get the best efficiency with pretty cheap resource.

While the problems of smog and air pollution in China have received a lot of attention, it’s sometimes less well reported that air quality in many Indian cities is at least as bad, if not worse. In fact, in a 2014 list of cities with the worst air pollution, six of the top 10 were in India.

Tech giants like Apple and Amazon have recently been pushing to reduce their dependence on non-renewables. But Cochin, a city in the South Indian state of Kerala, has upped the ante, announcing that its international airport will now run completely on solar power from 46,150 panels laid across 45 acres.Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 12 MW p solar power plant, comprising 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the cargo complex.


With this, the airport will have 50000 to 60000 units of electricity per day to be consumed for all its operational functions, which technically makes the airport ‘absolutely power neutral,’ Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said in a release, adding, it is the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power.

This plant was installed by Emvee Photo voltaic Power Pvt. Ltd. 4000 mono crystalline modules of 250Wp with 33 numbers of 30kW capacity Delta make string inverters were used in this plant, which is the first Megawatt scale installation of solar PV system in Kerala.

India already has 4 gigawatts of solar capacity, and the Indian government has begun directing other airports around the country to start incorporating solar energy into their daily operations. The new international terminal at the Cochin airport will be operational in May 2016.

Maybe Cochin International Airport is a sign of brighter, bigger things to come.

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