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Åre Östersund Airport celebrates Nobel Prize Day

2014-12-09, kl. 14:12

This year, the Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to the researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who invented a new energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly light source – blue light-emitting diodes (LED). Åre Östersund Airport has LED lighting in a number of places at the airport and will have a little extra celebration for Nobel Prize Day.

Åre Östersund Airport works continuously to develop and improve its environmental work. For several years, the airport has put great focus on energy-saving measures. One of the areas it has concentrated on is reviewing all the lighting at the airport.

“We have the latest in LED lighting technology in the tall masts on the aircraft parking stands. Our energy use is only 20 per cent of what was used previously for these lighting masts. That is a saving equivalent to the electricity used by 20 single-family dwellings in one year. We have also switched to LED light bulbs in the fixtures on the approach road to the airport, and in a few years, we expect to have LED bulbs in most fixtures. Our electricity has been generated by wind power for several years,” says Susanne Norman, airport director.

On the day the Nobel Prize is awarded, the airport will have a little extra celebration of the airport’s LED lighting by passing out LED bulbs for Advent light holders (which Swedes traditionally place in their windows) to passengers at the gate. In partnership with the regional energy agency Energikontoret, the airport will also provide information about the advantages of LED lighting.   

Energy-related measures implemented by Åre Östersund Airport in recent years include the following:

  • Four charging posts for electric cars, which owners of electric cars can use for free to recharge.
  • A new control function for 350 car engine heaters for passengers and employees. The time is set via an app, QR code or computer.
  • Control systems for ventilation, heating, doors and other facilities to reduce energy use.