Airport Microgrid Implementation Toolkit

Awareness of the vulnerability, fragility, and lack of resiliency of the country’s existing electrical system has increased with the frequency of short-term blackouts or long-term utility outages. Power outages impact airport operations causing flight delays, extended layovers, disruptions in cargo operations, loss of revenue, and airports limited ability to provide emergency support. One solution to mitigate risks and address negative effects of power outages is for airports to act self-sufficiently in the generation and management of their own power. A microgrid can enable an airport to act independently and have enhanced control and protection from grid instability. The Department of Energy defines a microgrid as “a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that act as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.” University campuses, military bases, entire townships, and even island micro-nations have deployed such projects successfully. Microgrids have the potential to promote clean distributed energy resources; reduce energy costs; build grid reliability; enhance the resiliency of critical facilities; increase energy security; demonstrate new technologies; and create new partnerships and business models among diverse stakeholders. The critical role and complexity of airports highlight the need to develop specific guidance to evaluate microgrid implementation options for a range of aviation facilities. The objective of this research is to produce a microgrid evaluation toolkit for airport decision makers and stakeholders which addresses site-specific criteria for airports of all types and sizes.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-26

  • 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:

    Rocky Mountain Institute

    Boulder, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Klauber, Adam

  • Start Date: 20180622
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190821
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41863

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01642758
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-26
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2017 1:00AM