The London Airport Authority is building a solar farm to provide power for the airport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
An extensive greening project is taking place at London Heathrow Airport. A three-kilometer, 30-turbine solar farm, located on the airport’s South Beach, will generate 1.4 megawatts of power, enough to supply airport passengers. The solar farm is expected to cover approximately 4.4 hectares of airport land and will be the largest of its kind in the U.K. The airport is also improving its bio-fuel-powered aviation taxiway, increasing solar generation and investing in new thermal ducts to create more heating in the winter.
Over the next two years, Heathrow will roll out a range of measures to convert vehicles into hybrid or electric models and try to halve its emissions per passenger per year. Over the next five years, the Airport Authority says it will work to improve traffic flow and energy efficiency. It has installed a number of new developments and also served up new services that allow passengers to check in at a full-screen virtual check-in terminal, use its security system remotely and plan their journey, in addition to one-hour airport shuttle bus connections.