According to a recent press release, European researchers have used European Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system, called CASCADE, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by up to 20 percent in airports.
The pilot testing of the new system is taking place in Rome’s Fiumicino Milan’s Malpensa and is estimated to save these Italian airports at least 6000 MWh, which equates to about 42,000 tons of CO2 a year. Focusing on HVAC systems, especially the large air handing units, the two airports have had hundreds of new sensors, meters, and advanced data loggers increase measurement of parameters such as temperature, pressure, flow rates, electrical consumption, and more.
Vice-President of the European Commission Nicolas Réhault, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said in the release, "I travel often in my job, and I believe 100% that our airports need to become smarter and greener. The CASCADE system shows us that being sustainable doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and that actually it can save us money. Airports are complex. We have gained a lot of know-how on how these infrastructures work. This can be replicated to other highly complex buildings such as hospitals and banks. And it could be downscaled to simpler things, too."
As this initiative expands out across Europe and its various industries, the role of automated testing tools will likely also evolve. For these systems to effectively reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, the EU needs to ensure the software codes within these sensors are functioning at high levels.