Airports can power entire cities with the help of solar panels
According to a new study published by researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the country could successfully generate an estimated 466 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electrical energy if Australia installed solar panels at all 21 state airports a year.
That would be enough electricity to supply 136,000 households with electricity.
The researchers concluded that if the country were to install large-scale solar panels at airports, it would generate ten times more electricity than the city’s 17,000 residential modules. In addition, it would also help to get rid of 151.6 kilotons of greenhouse gases per year, reports EureAlert.
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The researchers were able to suggest this by combing the entire rooftop for the country’s 21 airports and learning that there is a total of 2.61 square kilometers of space available.
They then analyzed how much electricity the solar modules would generate compared to the current amount of energy that is generated in residential areas with the help of solar modules.
“Australia is facing an energy crisis, but our solar energy resources – such as the roofs of airports – are being wasted,” said Chayn Sun, lecturer at RMIT, and one of the scientists involved in the new research in a statement.
“Using this source of electricity would avoid 63 kilotons of coal being burned each year in Australia. This is an important step towards a carbon-free future.”
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On the one hand, airports would benefit greatly from the installation of solar panels, reduce energy costs and also help to avoid greenhouse gases.
According to researchers, Perth Airport has the greatest potential. The airport can successfully generate twice the solar power that any other airport in the country can produce.