Understanding Green Energy Technologies and Their Effects on Airports

New energy technologies must consider aviation safety and airport safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently published Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports (November 2010). The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis S10-10-06, "Investigating Safety Impacts of Energy Technologies on Airports and Aviation", now in publication, is taking another step in focusing on the effects various energy technologies have directly on airports. Initial findings and discussions with experts suggest, though, that the scope of the safety hazards is much greater, extending far beyond the immediate airport environs. This proposal expands upon existing research and FAA guidance and would evaluate the effects energy technologies have on the entire air transportation system, including airplanes in flight, away from the airport environment. The objective of this research is to produce a guidebook that may be utilized by airports and other stakeholders to assess and mitigate potentially negative impacts that green energy technology may have on airports and aviation. Using results of existing FAA guidance and ACRP synthesis of practice, this research would identify which emerging energy technologies impact the overall air transportation system, including all locations away from airports; assess existing analysis techniques used to determine which represent safety hazards to the air transportation system; identify roles and responsibilities of individual energy infrastructure developers and agencies that may impact safety to airports and aviation from energy technologies; and develop approaches to assess and mitigate these potentially negative impacts where appropriate.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-38

  • 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
  • Start Date: 20111201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29006

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463290
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-38
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:21PM