GHIAL plans for 100 pc LED lighting at RGIA

GHIAL plans for 100 pc LED lighting at RGIA
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The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has become South India’s first and country\'s second airport to convert the entire Taxiway Edge Lights from halogen lamps to energy efficient LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

Hyderabad: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has become South India’s first and country's second airport to convert the entire Taxiway Edge Lights from halogen lamps to energy efficient LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

In a press release issued here by GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), the authorities said that recently the airport achieved recognition of being Carbon Neutral Airport (Level 3 + Neutrality).

GHIAL is on its green journey of transforming RGIA into a 100 per cent LED Airport, out of which 75 per cent of the work has already been completed.

RGIA, which currently caters to more than 15 Million Passengers Per Annum with close to 400 daily air traffic movements, requires consistent supply of electricity to operate round the clock. The airport had recently commissioned a captive 5MW Solar Power Plant for its use.

Taxiway Edge lights play a crucial role in airside operations. They are used to outline the edges of taxiways during periods of darkness or restricted visibility conditions. Around 500 airport taxiway edge lights were converted to LED in a span of mere six days, owing to the meticulous planning and coordination between the teams of Airport Technical Services and Airside Operations.

All 36 W halogen lamps were converted to 01W LED lamps to meet the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) standards.

As of now more than 19,500 of the 26,000 traditional lamps were converted into LED. While a significant portion of the airport's total daytime energy requirement was met by the solar power plant, RGIA now gone a step ahead by deciding to convert the entire lighting to LEDs.

Even the airside, which is the busiest and the most critical area of the airport, has also undergone LED transformation, where close to 500 halogen lamps of Taxiway Edge Lights were converted to LEDs.

Length wise the conversion of all LEDs at Taxiway Edge lights covered around 26 km. Speaking on this green initiative GHIAL CEO S G K Kishore said, “ We have been progressively taking steps to transform our airport into a truly green airport.”

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