Innovative technology will be introduced at Edinburgh Airport with the aim of identifying any untapped wind energy on the airport campus.
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As part of a trial with green energy company Katrick Technologies, multiple wind-mapping sensors will be placed throughout the estate – including on the roof and around the track – to examine areas of energy unused low-level wind turbine.
Using the data, these sensors collect the optimal areas to capture and convert energy are identified and wind panels are then implemented to take advantage of them.
Using this technology gives the airport the ability to generate additional green energy and be more energy efficient.
Danny Quinn, Director of Technical Assets at Edinburgh Airport, said: “As an airport, we are always looking to embrace new ideas, particularly when it comes to green power generation, and this technology has the potential to offer new opportunities in this regard.
“Once installed, these sensors have the ability to identify untapped wind energy sources on our campus, giving us the potential to become more efficient in the way we operate. We are excited to work with Katrick Technologies and look forward to seeing the benefits this partnership can bring.
Katrick Technologies’ wind panels are a unique innovation for wind-powered renewable energy. The wind panel consists of numerous channeling ducts where there are multi-layered patented airfoils. These airfoils work independently of each other to maximize energy capture and convert that energy into mechanical oscillations. From there, the oscillations are converted to a focal point before being converted into energy.
The panels can capture more kinetic energy than conventional wind turbines, while measuring only 4m x 4m and thus requiring a much smaller footprint. Additionally, the panels are cheaper than most other wind solutions, with a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of just 8p/kW.
Vijay Madlani, co-CEO of Katrick Technologies, said: “Traditional wind turbines are simply not feasible for airport farms. The aim of our partnership with Edinburgh Airport is to provide them with access to previously untapped energy areas through our wind panels.
“In addition to their scalable and flexible location applications, the panels are designed to function as B3 noise barriers, meaning they provide highways and airports with a noise attenuation solution. Additionally, we have created several designs that can complement various environmental settings. »
Initial wind mapping at Edinburgh Airport will initiate a phased approach. The ultimate goal is to deploy this technology to both support the estate’s net zero goals and launch it into a broader market.
The partnership follows a similar consortium between AGS Airports Limited (AGS), the organization that manages Glasgow, Aberdeen International and Southampton airports, Katrick Technologies and the University of Strathclyde.