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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1194; doi:10.3390/en10081194

General Design Procedures for Airport-Based Solar Photovoltaic Systems

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Department of Applied Physics, National University of Science & Technology, P.O. Box AC 939, Ascot, Bulawayo 939, Zimbabwe
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Received: 15 June 2017 / Revised: 15 July 2017 / Accepted: 26 July 2017 / Published: 12 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
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A source of large surface areas for solar photovoltaic (PV) farms that has been largely overlooked in the 13,000 United States of America (U.S.) airports. This paper hopes to enable PV deployments in most airports by providing an approach to overcome the three primary challenges identified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): (1) reflectivity and glare; (2) radar interference; and (3) physical penetration of airspace. First, these challenges and precautions that must be adhered to for safe PV projects deployment at airports are reviewed and summarized. Since one of the core concerns for PV and airport symbiosis is solar panel reflectivity, and because this data is largely estimated, a controlled experiment is conducted to determine worst-case values of front panel surface reflectivity and compare them to theoretical calculations. Then a general approach to implement solar PV systems in an airport is outlined and this approach is applied to a case study airport. The available land was found to be over 570 acres, which would generate more than 39,000% of the actual annual power demand of the existing airport. The results are discussed while considering the scaling potential of airport-based PV systems throughout the U.S. View Full-Text
Keywords: airport; photovoltaic; solar energy; glare; Federal Aviation Administration; economics airport; photovoltaic; solar energy; glare; Federal Aviation Administration; economics
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Anurag, A.; Zhang, J.; Gwamuri, J.; Pearce, J.M. General Design Procedures for Airport-Based Solar Photovoltaic Systems. Energies 2017, 10, 1194.

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