The FAA is announcing $ 20.4 million in airport grants for the use of zero-emission vehicles and electrifying equipment that currently rely on fossil fuels.
Why is this important: While the next wave, future aviation / aircraft technology receives a lot of attention, basic equipment at airports is decidedly low-tech (think diesel generators and dirty shuttles) and ripe for deployment. existing and mature low emission systems.
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Driving the news: The funding announcement Tuesday, provided primarily to Axios, is part of $ 300 million spent on zero-emission and electrification projects under the FAA’s $ 3.5 billion airport subsidy program. for 2021, an FAA spokesperson told Axios via email.
The big picture: Modern airports, at least in the United States, still use archaic technology to maintain planes and move people and baggage.
Details: According to the FAA, this year the administration gave grants to 56 airports for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles and for electrification projects, using money from the US bailout and pre-existing subsidy programs.
In numbers : In the cycle announced today, $ 5.9 million is spent on purchasing zero-emission vehicles, which includes:
$ 3.9 million for the purchase of a fleet of five 35-foot electric shuttles at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
$ 1 million for a 35-foot electric shuttle and charging station at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
Today’s grants also include $ 14.5 million to reduce emissions from airport and runway equipment, such as:
$ 4.6 million to purchase and install 18 air conditioning units at Pittsburgh International Airport. These are used to supply temperature-controlled air to the interior of an aircraft when the aircraft’s power systems are turned off.
$ 3.9 million will go to San Diego International Airport to purchase and install 39 charging stations to recharge electrical ground support equipment that serves planes between flights.
The funds will also help airports purchase ground-mounted mobile electric generators that help run the electrical equipment on an aircraft.
Money for these will go to Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana, Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma Airport in Santa Rosa, California, and St. Louis Lambert International Airport, among others.
Yes, but: Focusing subsidy programs on zero-emission technologies and rewiring airport infrastructure could pay off by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smog-causing pollutants, but it will take a lot more money on a faster schedule. to make a difference in the growing aviation industry.
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