The installation of solar panels in airports could lead to a number of problems

Installing solar panels at the airports will reduce the amount of carbon footprint that airports emit. On the other hand, it may also cause some problems such as generating glare and disrupting air traffic and interfering with radar.

One example of this issue was observed at South Korea‘s 2.1-GW power plant. The South Korean government planned to install this power plant near Saemangeum tidal flat but was interrupted due to concern over the glare produced by solar panels. The concerns were expressed by the U.S. army air force who has a neighboring base.

Researchers from Malaysia’s Universiti Malaysia Pahang and the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal, in India have tried to find the best way to install PVs in airports. This group started experimenting with the ground-mounted solar plant at Malaysia’s Kuantan airport. The subject for this was the glaring impact from the plants and its estimated power output potential. According to this group “The amount of sunlight reflected from the solar PV module mainly depends on the intensity of solar irradiation, properties of PV module, size and orientation of PV array, PV technology, and ocular parameters,”.

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