BMDV to Fund Rollout of Electric Ground Power Supply Units for Aircraft

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) has launched a new funding programme to support the rollout of sustainable ground power supply units for aircraft.

Ground power supplies provide aircraft with electricity while they are being serviced, loaded and refuelled at the airport.

This electricity often comes from auxiliary turbines in the aircraft or is produced by diesel generators.

Schiphol Electric Ground Equipment
Electric ground power supply being trialled at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands

To reduce emissions from this process, direct electricity, batteries or hydrogen can be used to supply electricity in a more efficient, emission-free and quieter manner.

BMDV is thus providing technology-open funding to advance the rollout of these units.

Federal Minister Volker Wissing said:

“We want to make German airports the cleanest in the world. We can only succeed if we remain open to technology and create incentives for investments in climate protection. With the new ground power directive, we are one of the first countries to support airports in this transformation - away from fossil fuels and towards a climate-neutral power supply for aircraft on the ground.”

Applications for funding under this programme can be submitted from 28 July to 31 August 2023.

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