New Doha International Airport Goes Green on Ground

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) is scheduled to open in 2012. The new facility will set a new standard in airport and airline efficiency, passenger convenience and service standards. As the new home for Qatar Airways it is envisioned to become a major international gateway to the region.

As a modeling of the operational phase suggested an increase in the levels of CO and NO emissions, the NDIA Steering Committee have continuously been considering using low emission equipment for their new airport. This is well in line with the AXA Power go green on ground philosophy. For example by letting external 400Hz solid-state power units and pre-conditioned air units take over the duties of the onboard aircraft auxiliary power unit (APU) while the aircraft is parked at the gate, the airport takes a step towards a greener environment.

This configuration significantly improves the airport environment by reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 85% and noise levels as well. Also for the airlines, this concept means reduced cost with respect to fuel and APU maintenance. All together, we are talking savings of about €100,000 per year per gate, says Poul Elvstroem, vice president international sales and marketing.

NDIA specifically designed to handle A380s:

AXA Power has already delivered roughly 260 pcs, 400Hz ground power units and power coils to the remote and cargo areas as well as to maintenance hangars managed by Qatar Airways. Eighty of those units have been delivered to the hangar designated to service A380 aircraft among others. As with everything else in the new airport this is state-of-the-art.

It was the AXA power coil that did open the door to this interesting and challenging airport project as the power coil is a very aesthetical solution, ideal for passenger boarding bridges, Elvstroem explains. This year, AXA Power will be delivering another 100 Pcs of 400Hz power coils to NDIA.

Also, AXA will deliver around 70 pcs of their advanced pre-conditioned air unit. The AXA PCA supplies fresh, clean air into parked aircraft, at carefully monitored temperatures. It provides a pleasant atmosphere for the crew and the next passengers and helps make aircraft turn-around faster and more effective.

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