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ENVIRONMENT Last modified on January 30, 2014

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Plugged-in in Denver


Environmentally conscious Denver International Airport (DIA) has introduced 10 electric vehicle charging stations.

Customers who park their plug-in electric cars in the east and west parking garages at DIA can charge them up for free, with five docking stations located in each garage.

Chargers are compatible with most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius.

The project is one of the first major public installations of commercial Level 1 electric vehicle charging systems in the US.

DIA says it selected Level 1 stations as they are efficient, inexpensive, cost far less than Level 2 stations to install and will meet the needs of airport customers.

Kim Day, DIA’s manager of aviation, says: “Denver International Airport is already one of the most environmentally friendly airports in the world.

“These new charging stations are a continuation of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

“At the same time, we’re addressing the evolving needs of our customers by adding a safe, convenient way for them to charge their electric vehicles at the airport.”

The average customer parks at DIA for 1.4 days and vehicles are fully charged in about eight hours via the charging stations.

Telefonex Inc has provided the charging stations, and Allen Will, its director of business development, says: “Colorado is at the forefront of developing infrastructure for electric vehicles and DIA clearly understands this market as well as the value of Level 1 charging.”

DIA is the 13th busiest airport in the world and fifth busiest in the US with more than 50mppa travelling through it each year.

Heathrow’s sustainability award

Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 has won a sustainability award before it even officially opens its doors for business in 2014.

The airport’s new showpiece terminal received the accolade at the Sustainability Leaders Awards in London in November.

According to the airport, sustainability was a guiding principle in the construction of Terminal 2 and the building includes an Energy Centre with one of the largest biomass boilers in the UK, saving 13,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

It also has a water efficiency plan to reduce water consumption by up to 30% and 10 metre-high windows to maximise natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Quiet, please!

Massport has approved a major enhancement to the noise monitoring system at Boston Logan International Airport and LG Hanscom Field. 

The upgraded system will provide near real-time, web-based flight tracking to the public utilising the latest web technology, including high definition displays; compatibility with multiple browsers, tablets and smart phones; map filtering for arrivals, departures and overflights; replay compatibility; online complaint features and real-time weather displays. 

“This enhanced system is a more sophisticated noise monitoring tool and website that is a critical component of Massport’s commitment to our neighbours and those communities affected by aircraft operations,” says Massport CEO, Thomas Glynn. 

“In 2002 Logan was one of the first airports in the nation to provide web-based flight tracking to the public and this new version adopts the latest advances in
website technology.’’

The Massport noise monitoring system is composed of 36 field monitors, 30 located in the communities around Logan Airport and six around Hanscom Field. 

The system utilises a sophisticated database integrating input from the monitors, flight tracks, complaints, and weather. 

Exelis Inc, formerly Rannoch Corporation, was selected in 2004 after a competitive bid process to operate and maintain the system for Massport and will implement the new system under a five-year, $2.8 million contract.

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