JFKIAT Demonstrates eGPU Pilot Program at JFK T4 to Reduce Diesel Emissions
JFKIAT, the operator of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, recently launched a 60-day pilot project for the use of a battery-powered ground power unit (eGPU) supplied by ITW GSE , a leading manufacturer of ground support equipment for the aviation industry. ITW GSE, in partnership with Royal Schiphol Group, has developed the 180 kVA eGPU unit capable of supporting widebody and high-end carriers.
The new test program introduces battery-powered ground power units for aircraft in Q4 as an alternative to diesel-powered GPUs. At a typical gate, the GPU is mains-powered, but aircraft parked on hard stands require portable GPUs that are traditionally diesel-powered. The eGPU is a more durable alternative to diesel engine GPUs. Large capacity eGPU units are particularly suitable for large aircraft that require higher battery capacity. According to ITW, swapping a single diesel GPU with an eGPU reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 90% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 95%. This innovative technology will reduce over 190,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year by Q4.
“Sustainability is a central pillar of JFKIAT’s mission, and as the largest terminal at JFK’s expanding airport, it’s critical that we continually evolve our operations to foster a sustainable environment,” said Roel Huinink. , President and CEO of JFKIAT. “This program supports JFKIAT’s goals to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and we are proud to partner with ITW GSE to introduce this innovative technology to Terminal 4.”
“At ITW GSE, our vision is to provide the global aviation industry with the cleanest, most reliable and cost-effective GSE systems,” said Alberto Rocha, Americas Sales Manager, ITW GSE. “With a full family of battery-powered eGPUs covering all aircraft needs, we can finally say we are on the path to a greener aerospace industry.
“We strongly welcome JFKIAT’s initiative to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission ground support equipment. The Port Authority has worked with stakeholders to advance the agency’s goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We commend the leadership JFKIAT is showing with this pilot project.”
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Sustainability is a key pillar for JFKIAT, and through its comprehensive sustainability program, it continues to invest in initiatives that focus on energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, water quality indoor environment and innovation. The company is committed to leading the industry in reducing T4’s carbon footprint and operating a sustainable and healthy facility. JFKIAT’s strategy is centered on operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, economic stability and a commitment to providing an exceptional customer and employee experience. Some of the company’s notable accolades in this area include being recognized as the first existing airport terminal in the United States to receive LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for operations and maintenance. .