A Swedish SME have developed a ground-based heating/cooling system as a source for climate control of an aircraft cabin that both lower energy and the electricity use. They are now looking for airports in Malta, Portugal, Iceland and/or Norway as partners to their Eurostars project proposal aiming at transforming the energy supply from fossil to renewable energy at airports with focus to show best practise for the ventilation/climate conditioning of parked aircrafts.
The Swedish SME and was founded in 2015. The core competences are in HVAC-design and cleantech for the transport sector. Energy efficiency and sustainability being the starting point in all activities. They have recently received Seal of Excellence for the Enhanced EIC Accelerator project proposal.
The company develops environmentally friendly and energy efficient equipment. The company’s air condition (AC) system provides environmentally friendly heating and cooling for parked aircraft. Their AC system uses at least 40% less energy than other AC-units and reduces carbon emissions with up to 99%. It also releases up to 95% of the electricity used compared to electric AC-units, power to be used elsewhere like the charging of batteries and electric vehicles for instance. This will make the airport better prepared for electric vehicles and aircraft. The Swedish SME and their AC system will help the aviation industry on the way towards fossil free operation.
The Swedish SME would be the main participant as an R&D-performing SME. They are looking for (at least) two airports one in the northern hemisphere where the need for heat is central as in Iceland or Norway and one in a warmer climate where the need for cooling is central as Malta or Portugal.
The transformation of the energy supply from fossil to renewable energy is the single most important challenge for the aviation industry's long-term future. Many airports are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and this project aims to make it easier and at the same time make the airport better prepared for the increasing number of electric vehicles in society.
The goal is to create pilot airports to show best practise for the ventilation of parked aircraft and may also cover other actions to reduce energy and fossil fuel use in the terminal buildings and operations of the airport. The airport will serve as a testing ground and also serve as a reference airport for the Swedish company’s upcoming products for new markets.
Two different commercial airports with the need to ventilate their parked aircraft will be involved in the project. The needs regarding ventilation should differ. In for example Iceland: heated ventilation air for the aircraft is needed due to cold climate and in for example Malta chilled air for cooling of the cabin due to Mediterranean climate.
In both these airports they would be installing the AC system (two or three units). The company want to be able to compare the new system with the old.At least with historical data, if it's not possible to compare data in real time. The system gets its unique advantages from among others a waterborne system enabling it to be connected to eco-friendly district heating/cooling, heat pumps or even solar energy sources. Connecting it directly to the terminals waterborne system may require installing an additional piping system at the airport.
Other activities include increasing energy efficiency in different parts of the terminal. In the warm airport (in e.g., Malta or Portugal) methods for chilling with solar energy could be investigated. Also testing different building materials in different environments might be an option. A Dept. of Applied Physics and Electronics at a Swedish University will participate in this part of the project.
Deadline for EOI: 21th of January 2021.
Deadline for call: 4th of February 2021.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Airports with commercial traffic that have waterborne heating or cooling systems:
- One airport with the need for heated or heated and chilled ventilation of parked aircraft.
- One airport with the need for chilled ventilation of parked aircraft.
The project also includes increasing the energy efficiency of the terminal buildings.
The airports involved will receive expert recommendation for actions to take to increase the terminal buildings energy efficiency from the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at the University project partner.
They will also receive a pilot facility with two or three AC units that will both save energy and carbon emissions at the same time as releasing electric power capacity. The new system will be compared with the old. At least with historical data, if it's not possible to compare data in real time.
All together the airport will come out of the project a greener airport better prepared for the future.
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