Frankfurt Airport operator, Fraport AG, is embarking on another photovoltaic (PV) project at the gateway to increase its proportion of green energy.
It has installed a demonstration system of 20 PV panels with an output of 8.4 kilowatts at the southwestern end of Runway 18 West and plans to extend the triple-array PV system along Runway 18 West.
Once fully installed, the system is intended to span a length of 2,600 meters parallel to the runway, with a peak generating output of up to 13 megawatts.
Unlike existing PV systems at the airport, the panels for this new system are positioned vertically, rather than diagonally.
Double-sided glass modules pick up sunlight from both easterly and westerly directions, explains Marcus Keimling from Fraport’s network services team.