Scandinavian solution to heat runways considered

Heathrow operator may use underground de-icing system

A geothermal energy system to keep ice off the runways could be the answer for major European airports badly affected by what seem to be increasingly extreme winter weather conditions. Heathrow operator BAA is reportedly considering using such an “environmentally friendly” solution by storing waste energy underground in summer and then warming the ground below the aircraft with it to battle snow and ice. Similar systems are in use at Scandinavian airports. Last December hundreds of flights were grounded at Heathrow due to fast-forming ice.
“We are working on a concept to capture geothermal energy from the surface of the tarmac – so it is energy without using the grid – during the summer, to then provide a heating capability so the stands don’t freeze in the winter,” explained Steven Morgan, BAA’s capital projects director, told Building magazine, which is part of TTG’s parent company UBM. “We would store the energy underground and use it to gently heat water that would then be run through pipes in freezing conditions to warm the stands, which are the slabs of concrete directly beneath the planes, to just above zero.”
TTG

x

Check Also

AirPortr, London, Heathrow, airport, oneworld, Finnair, baggage, bags, luggage, suitcases, pick up, check in, business travel

Finnair launches London luggage collection scheme

Passengers departing from London Heathrow can get their baggage picked up, transported and checked in.

Heathrow, expansion, Boris, May, Grayling, runway, vote, parliament, government, UK, London, airport

UK parliament greenlights Heathrow expansion

But due to complications over construction and the inevitable legal battles, the opening date could be another ten years away.

Heathrow, airport, London, runway, cabinet, UK, government, vote, approve, support, Theresa May, Boris

UK cabinet backs Heathrow third runway

But splits in the ruling party mean that the government may not win a parliamentary vote.

Luton, London, Heathrowm City, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, punctuality, minutes, average, 2017, delay

UK airports with biggest flight delays listed

As a new ranking lists the UK's 25 major airports by departure punctuality, there are calls for infrastructure modernisation.

SAS, LOT, Heathrow, London, noise, aircraft, descent, MAX, Boeing, Continuous Descent Approaches, list, greenest, quietest

SAS is “quietest and greenest” at Heathrow

The airlines SAS and LOT have been singled out for praise by one of the busiest airports in the world.

SAS pilots get a single union

New single union stands up to SAS.