On October 5, 2020 Honor Valor Courage Corporation of which HVCC Aviation Group is a division and Instant On Energy a major provider of Microgrids and Nanogrids as well as Solar Storage units both rack mounted and stand alone, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, IO HUBs Manages the entire electricity network down to each single circuit in the premises, IO EYE Lighting and IO-5 and IO-10  battery back up systems signed a major distributorship agreement for all products for the commercial markets and an exclusive marking agreement for Government sales which includes DoD, Military, Government Agencies which covers the FAA  and TSA. 

HVCC AVIATION GROUP is responsible for all marketing and sale to airports both domestic and international airport sales of microgrids & nanogrids as well as all other IO products for Instant On Energy for the Federal, State and Local airport and airport authority. 

​​That’s just one reason Pittsburgh International Airport recently declared its intention to become the first major U.S. airport to create a self-sufficient energy system, or microgrid, using only energy sources — solar and natural gas — from its own property.

“After watching what happened in Atlanta and Los Angeles, I think every airport CEO across the country, and probably around the world, wondered if they were ready and prepared,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny Airport Authority, which operates the Pittsburgh airport. “Here the answer is yes, but we’d like to make sure we can continue to operate in any circumstance.”

To that end, Pittsburgh International Airport plans to have its microgrid in place by 2021 to power the entire airport, including the airfield, the on-site Hyatt hotel and a Sunoco station.

​While Detroit Metro Airport already has a microgrid in place, airports in Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, Boston, Orange County, California and elsewhere are now exploring and creating microgrids as well.

​Early next year, RMI will be publishing an airport microgrid toolkit funded by a $450,000 grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board to help speed the process.

Microgrids can give airports greater control over the energy they need and use and, in many cases, save airports money on energy costs, said RMI’s Schiller. “But the bottom line is maximizing an airport’s ability to meet its function.”

​A fire-related, eleven-hour power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December last year caused more than 1,000 flights to be delayed, and meant economic and emotional turmoil for passengers and flight operators alike. In January 2018, Delta Air Lines announced that the lone incident had cost the company between $25m-$50m in pre-tax income.

The conversation since has focused on whether the installation of a microgrid could have avoided this economic disaster. A microgrid is a local energy system that can work both as part of the grid, but it can also disconnect to operate independently, powered by battery storage, conventional generators or renewable power sources.

Global energy non-profit the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has recently been awarded a $450,000 grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board to develop an airport microgrid ‘toolkit’ aimed at helping airports understand the economic and operational impact of installing a microgrid. RMI’s director of sustainable aviation at Adam Klauber explains further.

Elliot Gardner: Why are microgrids being called the future of airport power?

Adam Klauber: Microgrids are increasingly the hot topic in North America and beyond, and airports in the US are experiencing an increasing frequency of power outages. Because of that, airports are essentially ground zero for having their business operations disrupted. So they’re looking for solutions.

A common method in the past has been backup power from extra diesel generators, but increasingly as renewable energy and battery storage come down in price, airports would prefer other alternatives.

With a microgrid, they have the ability to manage their utility bills more effectively due to technology that can effectively reduce their demand on the grid during times of peak usage when rates are higher. Airports can also help support the grid when there’s a ‘demand response event’. Facilities can run their own back-up power and reduce their draw on the grid, and in response to participating in an organised system, they actually get payment back for demand response.

EG: Why are airport power outages on the rise?

AK: Some of it has to do with the age of the grid and infrastructure investment that has been delayed. We’re at a point where we need to replace key parts of the grid – transformers, substations, etc. Growing demand in certain areas puts acute strain on the system. We’re also seeing more acute weather incidents, so more extreme weather – wind especially, and also flooding.

Winds are on average getting more powerful – they have a higher chance of knocking out power lines. Most airports are not on high voltage lines, which are the most resistant to wind damage. We are seeing higher frequency lightning events in the US too and that’s a concern. Those are the two major factors.