Lufthansa Technik moves to decentralised power plants for electricity and refrigeration

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At its site in Puerto Rico, Lufthansa Technik uses clean energy obtained from biomass available in the region: Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico and ENTRADE has signed a comprehensive energy supply contract. The first two trigeneration power plants (55 kW power; 100 kW refrigeration each) came into operation in May in 2×20-foot containers, which will be visually inconspicuous next to the two aircraft hangars at the state-of-the-art overhaul site. The key advantage for Lufthansa Technik is the reliable and on-demand energy supply that is replacing expensive power from diesel.

The facilities in the two aircraft hangars for five medium-range aircraft include a painting line. Excessive temperatures and the resulting failure of the power supply are extremely critical here. To date Lufthansa hasbeen using diesel generators to minimise the risk of power failures. The energy supply in Puerto Rico is comparatively expensive and is not 100% reliable. That’s why they were looking for a viable alternative.

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The Type E3 power plants can be integrated into standard containers and operate with different kinds of biomass. In Puerto Rico, pellets based on waste wood produced in the region will initially be used as the fuel for environmentally friendly energy generation. The cooperation will involve investigating the scope for using aircraft waste (catering waste) directly from the airport. Catering waste currently has to be disposed of and this is very expensive.

At all Lufthansa Technik sites, both resource conservation and emission reduction play a major role in achieving corporate objectives. The emission-free ENTRADE power plants are the perfect fit – using fuels like waste wood direct from the surrounding area. From ENTRADE’s perspective, the close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik is a significant milestone. Cooperation talks are also in progress with representatives from the considerably larger site in Manila (Philippines).

Source: ENTRADE