13,000 Solar Panels Will Help Power JFK Airport’s ‘New Terminal One’

Solar Panels on New Terminal One JFK

New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport is getting an upgrade. Its New Terminal One, which started construction in 2022, was designed with both beauty and sustainability in mind. The $9.5 billion project includes a microgrid to power the terminal. This new power system is an innovative answer to the energy crisis and would allow the New Terminal One to operate without the city's power grid during emergencies.

The microgrid will produce 11.34 megawatts of electricity from rooftop solar, gas fuel cells, and battery storage. On the roof, 13,000 solar panels will set a record as the largest solar array in New York City and at any U.S. airport terminal. To put things into perspective, the microgrid will produce enough electricity to power 3,570 American homes for an entire year.

The energy project will be constructed and managed by AlphaStruxure, a Boston-based firm specializing in energy infrastructure. According to the company, the microgrid will produce 38% less greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by 98%.

Four power islands make up the microgrid. Each will have its own fuel cells and battery storage and will be digitized and automated. The islands function independently but are interconnected, and the first three are expected to open in 2026. The fourth, and final, power island will then open in 2029.

The 23-gate terminal is set to feature large, well-lit interiors and amenities to enhance the traveler experience. The first gate is expected to open in 2026, with construction on New Terminal One wrapping up in 2030.

The New Terminal One at JFK International Airport will be fitted with 13,000 rooftop solar panels, the largest solar array in NYC.

Solar Panels on New Terminal One JFK

h/t: [Interesting Engineering]

All images via A Whole New JFK.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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