Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S02-21. Practices in Airport Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable energy is now mainstream as a result of technological advancement, market maturity, cost effectiveness, and public sector policy and investment with profound benefits to power markets. As airports respond to a variety of stakeholders regarding potential environmental impacts of development and operation, providing renewable energy project enhancements that respond to stakeholder concerns is one way to advance local acceptance and development approvals. Including renewable energy resources at airports is one option that can address concerns regarding the environmental impacts of the airports and air travel. Renewable energy delivers not only environmental enhancements but can also result in infrastructure benefits, cost savings, and potentially new sources of revenue and resiliency. It diversifies the sources of energy and decentralizes the power generation network increasing competition, expanding infrastructure investments, and improving national energy security and reliability of the electrical grid. It has also demonstrated the viability of a future carbon free economy with the design of high performance buildings and facilities that use less energy and supply what is needed through renewable sources. There are many US airport that have implemented projects on airport and executed agreements off airport to bring renewable energy to the airport. The objective of this research is to compile a comprehensive matrix of airports that have developed renewable energy projects and their typology and capacity; and to provide case studies that further identity drivers, financial mechanisms, and lessons learned to serve as examples for other airports interested in pursuing similar projects. The audience for this report is airport management and may include energy managers, airport planners, and others that may have to make the case for renewable energy projects to decision makers.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S02-21

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Aviation Administration

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC    20024
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Barrett Energy Resources Group

    Concord, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barrett, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20181023
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687062
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S02-21
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 3:04PM