More power!

Volts, amps and ohms, nothing works without electricity

Lübeck Airport is preparing for higher electrical requirements in the future. As part of the second construction phase of the terminal upgrade, the energy supply of the entire airport was comprehensively modernised. The administration building, which is already under construction, will benefit from this.  In the future, this will not only house offices, but also a restaurant with a winter garden, congress and conference rooms as well as the headquarters of air traffic control, which can be clearly seen through the tower already enthroned on the building.

However, the renewal of the energy output not only ensures that the increasing demand for electricity is met, but also optimises the emergency power supply. By installing a battery system, the switchover times to the secondary supply are reduced to milliseconds in the event of a power failure. This is particularly important for approaching aircraft. Pilots wouldn't even notice a flicker of the lights.

Two transformer cells with a total capacity of 1.6 MW were installed for the new energy supply. 6,000 metres of cable with a diameter of 5 cm alone were laid for the supply line.

Airport Managing Director Jürgen Friedel emphasizes: "Volts, amps and ohms, nothing works without electricity! This week's switching of the airport's power supply marks the final step in this important project. This was carried out in close cooperation with Lübeck-based Otto Schatte GmbH, a specialist in technical building equipment. The planning phase began in the summer of 2022 and the actual work started in spring 2023. In total, we have spent a seven-figure sum exclusively on the modernization of the energy output."

Christian Münstermann, technical employee at the airport and project manager of the power switchover, reports: "For the colleagues at the airport, the most exciting part was certainly the restart after the two-day power shutdown. Partial shutdowns do happen occasionally, but shutting down an entire airport for a few days and then ramping it up again is something special."


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