US airport to get geothermal aircraft parking

Greater Binghampton Airport is to become the first in the US to use geothermal energy to heat the pavements where its aircraft are parked. The airport has just been awarded […]

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Greater Binghampton Airport is to become the first in the US to use geothermal energy to heat the pavements where its aircraft are parked.

The airport has just been awarded $350,000 (£220k) by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to help pay for the $1.25 million (£755k) project.

There had already been plans for a heated airport pavement to melt snow, with $900,000 (£565k) awarded to a local non-profit group to build the prototype.

The extra cash from NYSERDA means the system will now also help cool the airport’s terminal building in the summer months using the same geothermal wells. There will also be an educational energy display in the airport so visitors can see how the building is performing.

With building set to be done by March 2014, the project is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 93 tonnes each year.

New York State Assemblyman Christopher Friend said: “Renewable energy technologies are an important part of the energy plan for New York. The earth’s abundant geothermal energy can be a valuable part of this mix, as technologies to tap its potential are developed to compete cost effectively with other alternatives.”