World's first wholly solar-powered airport

India's Cochin International Airport has become the world's first to be powered entirely by solar energy.

In partnership with Bosch Limited, the airport, at Kochi, Kerala, constructed 45 acres of panels near its cargo complex.

These have upgraded its solar output from a previous 1.1-megawatt capacity -" produced by panels installed on the arrivals hall and on and around the maintenance hangar -" to 12-megawatts capacity.

The panels will produce 50,000-60,000 units (kWh) of power per day, making the airport effectively 'grid power neutral'. Extra energy produced is contributing to the state's supply.

The earlier panels, installed in 2013 have so far saved more than 550MT of CO2. It was this success that encouraged Cochin International Airport Limited to think on a larger scale.

The airport project is the largest so far to have been executed in India by the Bosch Energy and Building Solutions team.

"We consume around 48,000 unit (KWh) a day, [we realised] if we can produce the same... by strictly adhering to the green and sustainable development model of infrastructure development that we always follow, that would transcend a message to the world," said CIAL managing director V.J.Kurian.

Bosch Limited managing director Dr. Steffen Berns said: "India has the potential to achieve the government's ambitious target of 100 GW of solar power generation in the country by 2022."