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Monday, July 28, 2014

Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech

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News Every summer millions of Europeans descend upon the continent’s airports on their way to sunshine and adventure. As airport users explode in number, so does the cost and environmental footprint of running an airport.

Did you know that as airports get bigger and bigger they each consume as much energy as small cities? Think only about the lighting, heating and air conditioning systems in these huge transport hubs. That is why European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20% in airports. Pilot testing is taking place in Rome’s Fiumicino and Milan's Malpensa. The new system, called CASCADE, will save these Italian airports at least some 6000 MWh, which equates to 42,000 tons of CO2 and €840,000 a year.

Partners in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Serbia are working on the new system, supported by €2.6 million of EU funding. The Airports Council International Europe – representing over 450 airports on our continent – has committed its support to the project, meaning we will start to see wider use of this new system from 2015.

CASCADE project was awarded funding from the EU seventh framework programme for research and technological development #FP7 (2007-2013). The new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 #H2020 promises even more breakthroughs with €80 billion of funding available over the next 7 years (2014-2020).

Source :  Press of the European Commission

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