Solar PV modules provider Upsolar has completed the installation of a 1.7MW solar-electric system at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China.
The building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project is currently generating enough clean power to serve the needs of the airport’s parking facility and load devices.
Covering an area of 15,000m² between Terminals 1 and 2, the project also serves as a shading structure for the airport’s air-conditioning units.
The installation is part of the airport officials’ plan to enhance its sustainability with the help of renewable energy.
Upsolar CEO Zhe Jiang said: "Forward-thinking solar technology providers are now incorporating sleek design elements into their products to meet the aesthetic demands of customers and all signs are pointing to BIPV as a key driver of renewable energy in the coming years."
"With high-profile projects like this, Upsolar is staking its claim at the forefront of this movement."
The new system is Upsolar’s second unit at the airport, following the installation of a solar-powered watering system in Terminal 2 in 2010.
One of the largest travel hubs in China, Shanghai Pudong International Airport serves approximately 60 million passengers a year.