Research on the impacts of installing a solar power plant in an airport in Malaysia

After the glare assessment that was conducted in the previous part, the group started to find the best location available in the airport. They used estimation software and mathematical equations to find the potential sites in the airport. If the potential sites were flat and had a minimal amount of shading they would yield 300 W conventional solar modules and 500 kW three-phase inverters.

The plant was said to have low impacts on communication systems and doesn’t interfere much with air-side facilities and airspace restriction. The researchers simulated a 20 MW plant and said that the conditions will be optimal for the plant, and the glare will only last About 30-40 minutes from mid-April to the end of September. According to the group, they separated the plant into 7 parts “The solar power potential for the plant is 2 MW, 1.5 MW, 4 MW, 2.5 MW, 3 MW, 2 MW, 5 MW, respectively,”.

They used monocrystalline panels as the best choice for the 57,143 panels in the project. The project can power 26,304 MWh out of 155.89 MWh demand. It is predicted that it will have a 76.88% performance ratio [1] and a 15.22% capacity utilization factor [2].

The group also said that “These results predict the safe operation of the airport-based solar system in Malaysia without glare impact,”.

[1] Performance of a PV system taking into account environmental factors

[2] It is the ratio of the actual output from a solar plant over the year to the maximum possible output from it for a year under ideal conditions

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