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Liege Airport to Spend Twenty Million Euros for Solar and Hydrogen Station

By July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

Liege Airport is intensifying its environmental policy. In less than a year, more than 7,000 photovoltaic panels placed on the roofs of offices and warehouses will enable it to cover 30% of its electricity consumption. It also plans to install a hydrogen production and distribution station to drastically reduce its CO2 emissions. These plans total an investment of about twenty million euros.

Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, explains: “Our environmental policy has been deployed for several years through geothermal energy for the main office building, a cogeneration plant that supplies 8 buildings of the site and a first installation of photovoltaic panels operational since September 2018. With this future implementation – commissioning scheduled for spring 2020 – Liege Airport will be able to produce 13% of its electricity consumption and if cogeneration is added, we will reach 30% of self-generated electricity!

Liege Airport will double the number of photovoltaic panels already installed (10,000 m2) on different buildings. This program will be carried out in two phases, one end 2019 on the roof of the cargo hall in finalization and the other in 2021 on the roof of the passenger terminal. 

In addition, in partnership with John Cockerill (formerly CMI), Liege Airport has submitted a proposal as part of the Walloon investment plan to install a hydrogen production and distribution station on the airport site. 

By increasing the quality and availability of public transport and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of transport, Liege Airport wants to contribute to the reduction of traffic congestion and the improvement of air quality. his site.

In partnership with the Walloon Region and the Transport Operator of Wallonia (OTW), Liege Airport wants to set up an alternative mobility project on the airport site with the establishment of a real express connection between the station Liège-Guillemins and Liege Airport and the creation of shuttle lines to serve all businesses in the airport area 24 hours a day from a centralized parking. These different shuttles will be propelled to hydrogen. Moreover, Liege Airport, in partnership with John Cockerill (formerly CMI), has introduced a file as part of the call for projects launched by the Walloon Investment Plan. This project aims to install a hydrogen production and distribution station on the airport site to allow the supply of collective vehicles (shuttles) but also, in the long term, airport equipment.

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