How Airports are Modernizing Power Infrastructure to Minimize Downtime
Posted by News on September 27th, 2019
In 2018, the top 20 busiest airports in the world experienced an average passenger growth rate of 5.2%. But passengers are just part of this growth picture. In fact, airport operations are also experiencing expansion across numerous airport subsystems such as baggage handling, aircraft maintenance, security areas, concourses, runways, parking lots, cargo terminal operators, fuel depots, retail shops, restaurants, and cleaning services. All of these diverse systems share one common critical background infrastructure: power.
Without power, the daily interactions between thousands of airport staff, travelers, service providers and visitors are disrupted. When faced with not knowing what’s happening, airlines lose money and people can start to panic. At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for example, a recent power outage cost Delta Air Lines alone an estimated to million. Improved airport power reliability and availability can help address this downtime issue.
Companies like Schneider Electric are uniquely positioned to support airports seeking to accommodate airport expansions and infrastructure technology upgrades. In fact, a number of major airports have recently engaged with Schneider Electric to help boost power infrastructure modernization initiatives.
Canadian airport expansion plans focus on long term growth
One Canadian airport that hosts 16.3 million passengers a year, for example, and which is experiencing a 6% increase in passenger traffic, launched an expansion project that included a new runway and terminal, 24 new aircraft gates, 50 new shops and services, and a new state of the art baggage system. Airport executives wanted to execute these goals with limited risk and fast execution.
However, airport facilities staff had to overcome a number of challenges in order to integrate the power infrastructure capacity needed to accommodate future long-term growth. They required a more proactive approach for managing their electrical system, desired more awareness of the condition of their assets, and needed increased power system reliability.
Proposal and power systems implementation address modernization issues
As part of their overall modernization project, airport officials requested that Schneider Electric propose new ways to modernize the airport’s electrical distribution system. As a first step, Schneider Electric power experts performed an audit of the heterogeneous architecture, and then submitted recommendations for evolving the system to a more homogenous, open, and up-to-date platform.
In laying out a solution, technologies were recommended and selected that aligned with a number of the airport’s key objectives:
To learn more about how Schneider Electric digitized power distribution solutions can help to enable aerospace industry modernization and expansion, visit our EcoStruxure Power web site.
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