Study Report

Airport fields are an ideal location for solar installations. Their wide terrains, and the absence of screens to solar beams ensure a maximum ground irradiance.

Beside their obvious economical and environmental advantages, it has proved necessary to consider the adverse effects that solar panels might have on operations safety. Thus, sun reflexion on pannels and the associated visual impediment it can cause to pilots and air trafic controlers have been tackled. Differents glare mechanisms and their consequences were studied in order to build criteria defining the visual disturbance risk related to solar installations.

First, implementation areas in which sun reflexion on solar installations must be properly considered are identified. Then, in each of the different areas, solar installations meeting specific dimensions might comply to a series of criteria in order to prevent controlers and pilots in given phases of flight from glare.

This work raised a glare risk assessment method easily applicable by operation services.

Editor STAC
Publication year 2013
Format A4
Pages number
Price printed version 24.00 €