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Vancouver International Airport unveils new LED airfield lighting system

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has completed the installation of a new state-of-the-art LED lighting system on its airfield that it believes provides further evidence of its commitment to sustainable growth.

The new lighting system by Musco Lighting significantly reduces YVR’s power consumption, expands lighting coverage and increases safety for pilots, air traffic controllers and ground crews.

It also marks the first time an airport in North America has introduced an adaptive dimming system based upon gate usage.
“Our primary objective is to operate and maintain a safe, secure and sustainable airport," says Don Ehrenholz, vice president of engineering for Vancouver Airport Authority.

"The new apron lighting system significantly reduces YVR’s energy consumption, while streamlining operations and improving safety with improved coverage, reduced glare and increased lighting levels.
YVR aerial
"It’s a win-win situation. We will continue to work collaboratively to find innovative ways to reduce energy consumption as we strive for environmental excellence.”  
According to the airport, the LED lighting retrofitted onto YVR’s existing structures, gives a more uniform distribution and features patented glare control technology so that high-quality light is applied only where needed and darkness is preserved where light is not intended.

This, it says, improves operational efficiency by eliminating glare.
Musco’s LED solution is designed as a complete system, with lighting, structural components like custom support brackets and electrical components engineered to work together.

The system was factory aimed, wired and tested. 
YVR dreamliner
 “Every lighting project is unique. Lighting airports brings a number of additional considerations, and at an airport with the size and scope of YVR, the challenges are even more extensive," notes Jeff Rogers, VP of Musco Lighting.

"So this has been a milestone project, and the team at YVR has been outstanding to work with.

“When you see the quality of light, the uniform distribution, the virtual elimination of glare and the cut off preserving darkness around YVR, it’s really impressive.”
The new apron lighting is adaptive based on gate usage, meaning that lighting levels will increase and decrease based on the gate schedule in order to save power when not in use.

It is expected to save 715,000 kWhrs/year, which is the equivalent of powering 72 residential households per year.
BC Hydro provided incentives for the project through its Industrial Energy Manager program which YVR has participated in for over ten years.
YVR aircraft
“We applaud YVR for their continuous commitment to demonstrating leadership in strategic energy management through innovative and collaborative projects and partnerships, like our Industrial Energy Manager programme,” says Janet Fraser, senior vice president of corporate affairs at BC Hydro.

“We are pleased that the incentives we provided have contributed to a successful project that will enable YVR to save energy, operate efficiently, and increase safety at its facility.”
YVR's 2015-2019 Environmental Management Plan has four strategic priorities with corresponding goals, targets and baselines that influence the sustainable growth and development of YVR.

These strategic priorities aim to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce waste; reduce potable water consumption; and improve ecosystem health.

As part of this plan, YVR developed a long-term energy strategy that aims to reduce energy consumption and invest in alternative energy solutions.

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