Optimizing the Use of Electric Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) and Ground Power Systems at Airports

Airport-related emissions are an increasing global and local air quality concern as air travel increases and airports are challenged to reduce their environmental impacts. The increasing stringency of regulations and global climate protection initiatives require U.S. airports to implement clean technologies to reduce emissions. One means of reducing the emissions associated with aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs) and diesel ground power units is the use of electric pre-conditioned air (PCA) and electric ground power systems (collectively referred to as “gate electrification systems”). Through the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encourages installation of this infrastructure at airports in EPA nonattainment areas to address air quality concerns such as ozone. Airports and airlines have supported these initiatives in light of the environmental, operational, economic and other social benefits associated with reduced run times of APUs. Although these systems are installed at many airports, they may not be fully utilized. The objective of this research is to provide guidance in identifying and understanding factors that contribute to the use or non-use of gate electrification systems (electric PCA and electric ground power systems) and ways that airports and airlines can optimize the use of the systems.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-76

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:


    Burlington, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Preston, Katherine

  • Start Date: 20170706
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190105
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40984

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606903
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-76
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2016 1:01AM