Evaluating Cost-Saving and Energy Reduction Technologies for Escalators and Moving Walks at Airports

Many airports require passenger processing circulation patterns that use multiple floor levels and lengthy walking distances. To improve efficiency, capacity, and customer service, facility designers have employed a variety of mechanized circulation devices, including escalators and moving walks. Beyond their initial high capital costs, these mechanized devices also have maintenance costs and consume large amounts of energy. There are new technologies (e.g., speed control/variable frequency drive, regenerative braking, and power factor control) that can result in cost savings and reduced energy consumption. Additionally, recent code changes have allowed for variation of escalator or moving walk speed, expanding the number of available options. Many airports do not have the expertise to determine how to apply these new technologies to their unique needs, operations, and site conditions. Research is therefore needed to help airports identify, evaluate, and select the most appropriate cost-saving and energy reduction technologies for escalators and moving walkways. The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook, with an associated financial evaluation tool, to help airports compare and select appropriate cost-saving and energy reduction technologies (e.g., speed control/variable frequency drive, regenerative braking, and power factor control) for escalators and moving walks.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 07-11

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20120521
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29115

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463239
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 07-11
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:20PM