In collaboration with Sunpartner Technologies, Lyon, France-based Vision Systems will unveil a solar-powered, autonomous dimmable aircraft window dubbed Energia next month at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. Using Sunpartner’s Wysips (“What You See Is a Photovoltaic Surface”) technology, solar energy is harvested on the ground or in flight and stored in a battery integrated into the window. The generated electrical energy allows the dimmable system to run during the flight. The design eliminates the need for network cabling, making installation and maintenance easier.
Heritage Aviation officially opened its environmentally green FBO at Burlington International Airport, in the Green Mountains of Vermont, on May 20.
Heritage Aviation officially opened its environmentally green FBO at Burlington International Airport, in the Green Mountains of Vermont, last Thursday evening.
Denver International Airport is planning to power its fuel-storage and -distribution system with a new 1.6-megawatt solar power system. The system is designed to provide 100 percent of the power needed by the fuel farm and should be operating by the end of this year. The photovoltaic panels will be installed on nine acres north of the airport.
Avjet’s new solar-powered hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., represents not only the most current environmentally friendly building design but also illustrates that going green doesn’t necessarily cost more.
Le Castellet Airport in southeast France will have a 60,000-sq-ft photovoltaic roof operational this spring on a new hangar. Peak power delivered by the solar panels is 150 kilowatts, which translates into an average 185,000 kWh per year. This is about 40 percent of the airport’s electric power needs.
The trend of airports adding solar power systems is growing in the southwest U.S., which sees more sunny days each year than other parts of the country. Sacred Power of Albuquerque, N.M., installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array at White Sands Regional Airport in Alamogordo last November.
Bertrand Piccard, initiator of the Solar Impulse program, which is calling for a flight around the world with an aircraft powered exclusively by solar energy, showcased the state of his venture in a media conference at Duebendorf airfield near Zurich, Switzerland, last month.