Airports are under review and retrofit for change. The potential resources within these facilities are under tapped. Airports could lead to a secure energy source for surrounding communities providing “enabled sustainable synthesis” to drive energy optimization. The article from the Huffington Post “Clean Energy At Airports Could Find Space Around Runways, Study Says”.
“A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture study findings, recently published in an Environmental Management article titled “Airports Offer Unrealized Potential for Alternative Energy Production [PDF], indicate that airports might want to consider converting empty land into alternative fuel power plants where it is both economically and environmentally beneficial.”
Right now, many U.S. airports are surrounded by acres of empty grassland. While there are federal restrictions on how this land can be used, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with airports interested in pursuing the potential for changes in land use to support alternative energy production.
“Some available grasslands at airports have the potential to spur the type of innovation we need to build American-made, homegrown biofuels and biobased products that will help to break our dependence on foreign oil and move our nation toward a clean energy economy,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Converting airport grasslands to biofuel, solar or wind production not only provides more environmentally-sound alternative energy sources for our country, but may also increase revenue for airports and reduce the local abundance of potentially hazardous wildlife to aircraft.
The ability to harness energy from local sources that serve as a nucleus of power can assist cities in energy saving over the long term.