India’s Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has commissioned a floating solar power plant with a capacity of 452KWh.

The new installation will enable the airport to sustain on green energy.

CIAL stated that the airport’s total installed capacity has now reached 40MWp, which will support the airport to generate nearly 160,000 units of power a day.

The airport currently consumes around 130,000 units on a daily basis.

Around 1,300 photovoltaic panels were mounted on high-density polyethylene floats with the help of French technology.

The new installation covers a total area of one acre and is connected to the KSEB power grid.

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CIAL founder and managing director VJ Kurian said: “CIAL has been reinventing itself since its formative days. One of our innovations which proved that relying upon green energy is possible even for the high-energy consumers like an airport has won us the champions of the earth award instituted by the United Nations. We are committed to the protection of nature and trying our best to reduce the carbon footprints.”

French company CIEL TERRA provided technical assistance to CIAL.

CIAL claims this to be the first time an installation of a floating power plant has involved the use of French technology in the country.

This technology has brought down the cost at par with that of floor installation, which is usually cheaper.

In a separate development, three Adani airports in Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow, have been accredited in the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation programme.

ACI conducted the process of evaluation under the AHA programme after reviewing the presented evidence, which covered almost 118 checks points.