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There she blows! Technology will help Edinburgh Airport capture untapped wind energy

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Innovative technology will be introduced at Edinburgh Airport in a bid to identify any untapped wind energy across the airport campus.

In a trial with green energy company Katrick Technologies several wind mapping sensors will be put in place across the estate - including on the roof and around the runway - to examine areas of unexploited low-level wind power.

Through the data these sensors collect the optimal areas to capture and convert energy are identified, and wind panels are then implemented to take advantage of this.

The use of this technology gives the airport the opportunity to generate additional green energy and be more energy efficient.

Katrick wind panels

Image shows an example of a Katrick Technologies wind panel next to an airport runway

Danny Quinn, Technical Asset Director at Edinburgh Airport said:

“As an airport we are always looking to embrace fresh ideas, particularly when it comes to the generation of green energy, and this technology has the potential to provide new opportunities around this.

“When installed, these sensors have the ability to identify untapped sources of wind energy across our campus, giving us the potential to become more efficient in the way we run. We are pleased to be working with Katrick Technologies and are looking forward to seeing the benefits this partnership can deliver.”

Vijay Madlani, Co-CEO of Katrick Technologies, said:

“Traditional wind turbines simply aren’t feasible for airport estates.

“The goal of our partnership with Edinburgh Airport is to provide them access to previously untapped areas of energy through our wind panels. In addition to their scalable and flexible location applications, the panels are designed to work as B3 noise barriers, meaning they offer highways and airports a noise mitigation solution. Additionally, we have created multiple designs which can complement various environmental settings.”

Find out more about Greater Good - Edinburgh Airport's sustainability strategy here.

More information on Katrick Technologies’ pioneering wind panels can be found on their organisation’s website.