Assist Geneva International Airport during its transition to a zero-fossil energy system

Source: Genève Aéroport

Partner: EPFL, HES-SO

Duration: Jan 2017 – Jan 2021 (48 months)

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Geneva Airport is a complex system not only in terms of services to be provided (e.g. heating, cooling, air quality, aircraft maintenance, etc.) but also in the utilization mode (e.g. variation in passenger flows, climate, etc.). In order to meet the objectives of energy efficiency, renewable integration and carbon footprint reduction, the airport has committed to eliminate the use of fossil fuels for heating and cooling by 2025. The aim of the project is to provide Geneva Airport with decision making support in order to achieve such a challenging goal.

The key stages of the project can be summarized as follows:

  1. Definition and characterization of the airport’s energy requirements
  2. Modeling the current energy system: production, distribution and final users
  3. Estimation of the future demand in line with site expansion plans already in place (e.g. construction of the new terminal, East-Wing, for international flights), potential refurbishment actions on old facilities and different weather scenario
  4. Development of a methodology to carry on multi-objective optimization studies to assess the design of the future energy system and the investment planning strategy

Contact person: Francesca Belfiore ([email protected])