|Creepers like melons growing around the solar panels at the airport besides |
making good use of land, helps to bring downthe ambient tempand raises
efficiency of the solar panels ..
With a life of 25 years, the initial cost of $10 million, ie, 65 crores, will get fully paid back in 5 years. Kochi airport will then be the first international airport in the world to have great foresight in planning for free energy for the rest 20 years of the solar panel life.
|V J Kurien IAS, MD, CIAL.|
Dynamic and path breaking visionary ..
2. By selling the organic melons and other vegetables etc the airport can benefit monetarily from it, the employees get to buy the vegetables first. It is not the amount one gets, but the benefit of serving two three noble purposes simultaneously that is important.
|2.5 acres of land well utilised ..When the building (cargo terminal) comes, panels just get shifted atop the buildings !!|
3. The presence of vegetation lowers the ambient temperature around the 46,000 solar panels, helping generate energy with greater efficiency.
4. It also drives home the point that "if one really wants to achieve innovative and path-breaking things in India, one can do it without much of opposition. The people really want to bring in changes for the betterment of society, changes that will be remembered for centuries and millennia to come ..
The 18 hole golf course and the creeper vegetation on the 2.5 acre solar panel land, besides other stretches of the airport makes it a truly green and environmental friendly airport !! The only danger are the birds which can come to peck at the melons for a taste once in a while.
This insolation (solar electrification) of the Kochi International airport and simultaneous greening phenomenon, to ensure optimal performance of the solar panels and hence its longer life, is worthy of emulation by the less advanced US and European airports !
CIAL MD V J Kurien IAS is an intelligent visionary for the energy hungry world ! Pranaamam sir !!
VJ Kurien and his team at Kochi International airport is truly the envy of the whole world !!
Americans and Europeans are really reluctant to accept that they are inferior to Indians when it comes to intelligent, useful application of technology in new areas and at rock bottom cost. They are waiting for India to lead the world in applications of such high technology .. It is a very comforting sight to see India leading the world in high tech applications...
Here is the link to Dr Harish hande's solar energy plans reaching homes in Karnataka ..
To go through the case study on Insolation of Kochi International airport, pl click here ..