The promise of a suntan from a holiday abroad isn’t the only thing about the sun that can be good for the aviation business, as demonstrated by the latest development at London City Airport.
The only airport actually in London, LCY has installed solar-powered lighting systems at runway entry points. The two runway guard lights, commonly known as Wig-Wags, represent a £10,000 investment in a bid to reduce energy consumption and provide a continuous, 24-hour LED warning system. The units can run for 120 days without re-charging.
The initiative will further enhance LCY’s green credentials, which received a boost earlier this year when the airport became Airport Carbon Accredited.
Kevin Wincell, Airfield Operations Manager at London City Airport said: “The solar-powered systems will not only save energy and help reduce the airport’s carbon emissions, they will also represent a financial saving in the longer term. We are currently exploring other options in terms of installing LEDs for airfield lighting and will continue to look for ways in which we can improve energy and cost efficiency by advances in new technology.”