Delta Air Lines goes Green with GSE
28 May 2013
CTE and Delta Air Lines recently partnered on a project to repower 35 diesel-engined ground support equipment to all-electric units. The project, in cooperation with EPA Region 4, and in partnership with Clean Cities Atlanta, was a collaboration of corporate, government, non-profit, and community-based partners and demonstrates a continued commitment to sustainability and emission reduction. Conversion of the GSE units was completed in February 2013. Hercules Engine Components repowered 24 TUG Belt Loaders, JBT Corporation repowered 11 FMC Container Loaders, while Averest Inc. supplied the batteries for the converted units. The repowering process included removal of the existing diesel engine, fuel tank, transmission, and cooling system and replacing them with an electric drive motor, battery pack, and electric control system. Once underway, conversion of each container loader took less than three weeks, while conversion of each belt loader took less than one week. The repowered units were placed into operation at the LEED-certified 12-gate International Terminal F, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, GA, where each gate is equipped with electric chargers that can support the upgraded GSE. Over the life of the equipment, the project is expected to save more than 11 500 t of greenhouse gases and in excess of 1 million gal of diesel fuel. -- The project was funded through a USD 1.4 million grant from the U.S. EPA under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Programme, through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).