How does sustainability and electrification fit into airports?

Sept. 5, 2023
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DENVER - As the aviation industry braces for the future, airports need to consider how sustainability fits into their infrastructure goals especially as passenger numbers are increasing. The biggest question airports need to be asking is ‘How prepared are we for electrification’? Christina Marsh reports for AviationPros. 

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5 September 2023 - McFarland Johnson Aviation Engineer Scott Shillieto talks about what the industry needs to do to prepare for electrification and Denver International Airport Senior VP of Sustainability Scott Morrissey shares what the airport is doing to work toward a sustainable future and how electrification fits into that picture.

McFarland Johnson Aviation Engineer Scott Shillieto said the aviation industry needs to be concerned about electrification.

“We have U.S. initiatives to transition to 50% electric vehicles by 2030. This is coming up very quick. It's only six and a half years away. The power required to support the electric vehicles on the charging side, the preparation needs to start now,” Shillieto said. “Most airports can't support the current penetration of EVs with their electrical capacity. So, if we're looking six and a half years out, if you realize a 50% EV penetration rate, it's very substantial, and the planning and the preparation needs to be considered now so that when we get to that arrival, we have the power to support those vehicles.”

“How much power required is dependent on your facility, and not just your facility and your philosophy, how you're approaching charging in your garage, how much the rental car companies need,” Shillieto said. “To give you an example, at DFW I'm projecting that the rental car companies will need about 45 megawatts. This is a large amount of power and more than what their current facility uses in total. So, 45 megawatts is equivalent to nine million cell phones charging [simultaneously]. It's also equivalent to 15,000 dryers operating simultaneously.”

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