GREEN AVIATION STARTS ON THE GROUND.
At an airport, there is much more driving than flying going on. Passengers, cargo and catering must be transported to and from the aircraft.
An aircraft may taxi for up to five kilometres – often using its jets to propel it – to its parking or take-off position. Ground traffic services also cover a great many kilometres every year, using far in excess of 1,000 vehicles.
E-PORT AN brings together all the measures that achieve a reduction in ground traffic emissions at Frankfurt Airport. The objective is that as many driving jobs can be effected with low-emission hybrid or electric engines, instead of with diesel or kerosene.
To this end, in recent years we have developed and commissioned new vehicles with the corresponding engines. We have redefined processes.
As a result, E-PORT AN was awarded the Federal government’s “Lighthouse” accolade in 2013, and won the GreenTec Award 2014 in the “Aviation” category.
Success is measurable – that’s why we’re continuing our research
All projects are accompanied by broad-based scientific research whereby the positive impact of electric-powered handling processes are tested for CO2 and noise emissions, and improvement potential for the vehicle batteries in day-to-day operation is analysed.
The effects of the large-scale use of electric-powered vehicles on the airport’s power grid are also examined.