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KENYA: The first solar airport in East Africa will see the light of day in 2019

Moi International Airport of Mombasa to be powered by renewable energy

“Moi International Airport” in Mombasa will be the first airport in East Africa powered by solar energy. This is the subject of a contract that has just been awarded to the company Solarcentury, for the installation of a photovoltaic plant in Kenya’s second airport. The work to be completed within 10 months is part of the “Capacity Building for CO2 Reduction from International Aviation” program, implemented by the Organization of the international civil aviation (Oaci).

Solarcentury, a British company specializing in the design and supply of building-integrated photovoltaic products and solutions, has just won a major market in Kenya. The company founded in the United Kingdom in 1998, will install by 2019, a photovoltaic solar power station at Moi international airport (named after Daniel Arap Moi, president of Kenya from 1978 to 2002). The Mombasa airport platform, located in southeastern Kenya, will become the first solar airport in the East Africa subregion.

The project calls for the installation of a 500 kW ground-based photovoltaic (PV) system, which will generate 820,000 kWh per year and offset 1,300 tonnes of CO₂ per year.

Solarcentury will also install airport door electrification equipment consisting of an electrically powered mobile air conditioning unit and a GPU converter (400 Hz ground power unit), as well as an important battery accumulator providing uninterrupted power to the Pre-conditioned Air (PCA), in use.

“This is an exciting project for Solarcentury because it not only announces that East Africa’s first international airport is turning to solar PV and battery storage, but it also involves the addition of PCA and the processor graphic. Allowing landing aircraft to offset all their carbon emissions on the ground. Said Guy Lawrence, Director of Solarcentury in East Africa.

Solarcentury ensures that the work on the site will take 10 months. The company will then be responsible for two years of operation and maintenance of the system and will set up two educational kiosks inside the terminal to provide the public with real-time information on power output and reductions. carbon emissions over the life of the system.

The solar airport of Mombasa, an initiative of the Oaci

Solar equipment at Moi International Airport in Mombasa is under contract, which Solarcentury signed on 30 October 2018 with the International Civil Aviation Organization (Oaci). The project is part of an initiative entitled “Capacity Building for the Reduction of CO2 Emissions from International Aviation”, supported by Oaci, and funded to the tune of € 6.5 million by the European Union. The program covers 14 countries, twelve from the East Africa region and two from the Caribbean region. “The implementation of this project is a good example of how to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve greater sustainability in the aviation sector by using renewable energy technologies. Oaci Member States have an interest in getting involved in these projects and the availability of partner funding will enable Oaci to support their global replication, “said Jane Hupe, deputy director of Oaci. environment in Oaci.

A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation worldwide. It establishes, among other priorities, the standards and regulations necessary for the safety, efficiency, capacity and protection of aviation. The organization serves as a forum for cooperation in all areas of civil aviation among its 192 member states.

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