Airports Have Unique Energy Needs

Airport lights are always “on,” no matter the time of day or the time of year. In blizzards, heat waves, and pouring rain, their energy needs must be met. With no downtime, an airport can consume as much energy as a medium-sized city. Using that energy efficiently is paramount.

Airports also have a critical need for highly reliable power. An estimated 30-40% of all commercial downtime is power quality related, and since they can’t afford to have blackouts, or even brownouts, they must protect themselves from the effects of voltage surges and sags, harmonics and transients, and other power quality problems. They must be made aware of these problems when they occur, so that they can respond before the problem escalates. And they need to be able to find out why the problem occurred, in order to avoid a repetition.

In addition, many airports must meet energy conservation guidelines. Even if not legally obligated to do so, airports are high-profile energy consumers that need to reduce their carbon footprint. And energy efficient buildings can consume up to 85% less power than inefficient buildings.

Metering Can Help With That

The first step in getting a handle on energy costs, power quality, and energy usage, is installing meters in critical areas. EIG meters provide trending energy data that lets the airport facility manager see where energy is being used, and identify areas where energy can be saved. For instance, if older airport buildings are shown to be consumers of large amounts of energy, upgrades can be implemented to make them more energy efficient. If parking lots’ energy usage is high, it can be reduced by installing LED lighting.

EIG meters also let you measure power quality and set limits to alert the facility manager via email when there are power quality problems, such as voltage sags. This lets the manager be proactive in addressing a problem before it escalates into an airport-wide problem. And the waveform records of voltage anomalies that the meter supplies let the manager pinpoint what went wrong, to avoid the same thing happening again. And EIG’s EnergyPQA.com™ Energy Management Cloud solution provides energy analytics and predictions, reducing costs and improving power system reliability. It surpasses traditional Energy Management systems by adding Energy prediction engines and deep insights into power quality, which also lets you be proactive in addressing problems before they occur.

By giving the facility manager the tools needed to identify areas for energy savings and ensure the quality of the power being used, EIG meters and energy management solutions help airports large and small meet energy guidelines and improve their impact on the environment.

Airports Have Multiple Energy Consumers

An airport houses many tenants, in addition to the offices, parking lots, restroom facilities, jetways, runways, and other areas run by the airport itself. Restaurants, car rental agencies, stores, airlines, and other tenants must reimburse the airport for their energy use. Since not all energy consumers are equal: a runway, which cannot take a chance on going dark, may pay a higher rate for its energy than a store or restaurant, the traditional method of billing tenants for their square footage doesn’t lead to fair results or happy tenants! The airport needs a way to bill its tenants for their actual energy use.

Submetering Can Help Allocate Energy Fairly

Allocating energy use fairly is as simple as installing submeters within the airport. Submetering lets you and the tenant see exactly how much energy is being used by them. When submeters are coupled with an automated energy reporting and billing software like EIG’s EnergyReporterPQA™ software, the airport can supply tenants with automated bills and energy usage reports.

When a tenant is billed for their actual usage, they have greater incentive to conserve energy which affects their budget directly. They have control over their spending. And once they see their costs go down, tenants have incentive to continue with energy saving efforts.

Typical Bill of Materials

Typical Airport Metering Layout
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Critical Load Point

Critical Load Point

Nexus® 1500+ – Advanced Power Quality Analyzer and Energy Meter

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Utility Entry Points, Critical Loads, High Power Sensitivity Points

Large Loads

Large Loads (400 Amps or more)

Shark® 250 Data Logging Energy Meter for Load Profiling and Power Quality

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Typical building loads, substations, control panels

Economical WiFi Submeter

Economical WiFi Submeter

Shark® 200S – Advanced Data-Logging WiFi Submeter

Example Installation

Jetway Loads, Control Panels

500 Hz Loads (400 Amps or more)

500 Hz Loads (400 Amps or more)

Nexus® 1450 – Power and Energy Meter

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Jetway Loads, Control Panels

Base Data Collection Software

Base Data Collection Software

CommunicatorPQA™ 5.0 Software for configuring meters, automatically collecting data, and studying power quality

Energy Dashboard and Billing Software

Energy Dashboard and Billing Software

EnergyReporterPQA™ 5.0 Software for energy dashboarding, generating usage reports and automated submeter billing

EnergyPQA Cloud Energy Management
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Next generation Energy Management Cloud solution, providing energy analytics and predictions, reducing costs and improving power system reliability
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EnergyPQA Cloud Energy Management

Energy Management

Report on highest Demand Contributors and Energy Usage across facilities

Predictive Analytics

Use Machine Learning to accurately Predict Demand & Energy Usage into the future

Power Quality

Comprehensive Power Quality Analysis and alarming on Power Quality Events

Engineering Services
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EIG’s highly experienced engineers, with a variety of skills in the fields of electrical engineering, software engineering, and meter engineering, to assist in the design, commissioning, start-up verification, and certification of installations to help you get your project up and running, and ensure it will be successful.
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Engineering Services

On site consulting and commissioning

System Integration

Meter calibration and Certification services

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