With the installation of 7,220 solar panels, Brussels Airport adds its own source of renewable energy to its electricity network. The airport chose to use mono-crystalline solar panels with a total capacity of 1.7 MWp and an annual energy production of 1,500 MWh. This output is comparable to the annual energy consumption of about 450 families. The energy produced is injected straight into the airport’s power grid and will cover about 1% of the annual consumption of the airport.
After a successful trial project in 2010 involving solar panels being installed on the roof of a fire station, it was decided to have the roof of a large logistics building at Brucargo West covered with solar panels. The surface area of the roof is 30,000m², which is approximately the size of six soccer fields. The adjustment works to the roof structure and the installation of the solar panels took place this autumn.
Brussels Airport will also examine how it can further increase the share of solar energy in its power supply and is currently also looking into the use of other sustainable energy sources.
To Arnaud Feist, CEO of The Brussels Airport Company, the choice for solar energy was logical: “We have committed ourselves earlier to pursue a sustainable energy policy and significantly reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by signing up to the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme. For technical reasons, the share of sustainable energy sources in our total energy consumption remains rather modest for the time being, but on the total amount of energy used for 20,000 members of staff and 50,000 passengers a day, each percent is a major step forward.