Ready for Takeoff: The Bottom Line
EPRI Study: Electrification Can Save Detroit Airport Nearly $16 Million
If deployed at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, electric ground support equipment and gate electrification technologies could yield about $16 million in lifetime savings and beneficial reductions in emissions relative to diesel-powered counterparts, according to EPRI research. This assumes that the airport charges the equipment during off-peak times at lower utility rates.
Researchers identified potential to electrify 452 diesel- and gas-powered ground-service units, 19 diesel-powered heating/cooling units, and 38 diesel ground-power units for a 20,000-ton reduction in annual CO2 emissions.
Other insights based on the study:
- Airline-airport partnerships can facilitate cost sharing: Electrification can reduce airlines’ diesel and jet fuel costs while increasing the airport’s electricity costs.
- Use a phased approach: Consider electrifying the most frequently used equipment with shorter payback times first, which would enable the use of cost savings to fund conversion of equipment with longer paybacks.
- Familiarize employees: Deploying charging stations for employees’ personal plug-in electric vehicles can familiarize them with operation and benefits.
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