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Airport solar project gains momentum

  • Published at 12:59 pm October 26th, 2018
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A Bangladeshi team visited Indian airports in mid-September to observe how their solar power plants operate

The move to set up a solar power plant at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has gained momentum as a 7-member high-profile team visited some of the India’s international airports and found their systems viable for Bangladesh as well.

According to official sources, the committee, headed by an additional secretary of the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, visited India in mid-September to observe how solar power plants at airports operate there—and related technical and engineering issues.

The committee prepared a report on the basis of their finding from the trip, reports UNB.

The team included members of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, Power Development Board (PDB) and Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.

India has already transformed a number of airports into solar-powered ones by setting up photovoltaic solar plants to meet their electricity demands.

Cochin International Airport in Kerala, Bengalore Kempegowda International Airport , Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi and Netaji Subas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata are among the airports that have transitioned to solar power.

The Bangladeshi team of experts that visited Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi, and Netaji Subas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, exchanged their views with the authorities concerned to determine how to implement solar power projects at airports.

Joint Secretary of the Power Division Mohammad Alauddin, who was a member of the team, said: “We found the solar projects there very effective and such projects could be implemented at HSIA and other airports of Bangladesh,”

“There are similarities between the airports in India and Bangladesh as the weather, sunlight and other related things are almost the same. We believe HSIA could generate about 15-17 MW of electricity from the solar project, which would meet one-third of its electricity requirement as HSIA has 1981 acres of land of which more than 40 acres may be used for the development of a solar PV power plant,” he added.

Solar energy experts believe free space and the HSIA rooftop can offer a cheaper option for solar power generation at a nominal cost.