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Solar LED Airfield Lighting for Jijiga Airport

For Jijiga Airport – regional airport located in Ethiopia, Africa –  S4GA supplied complete solar LED runway lighting system that operates 365 days on solar energy.

OVERVIEW

Jijiga Airport (Wilwal International Airport or Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport or Jigjiga Airport) is serving the capital city of Somali Region in Ethiopia. By the 1990s, the airport was used by Ethiopian Air Force and until now the runway has not been illuminated with any airfield lights.

In recent years, the Ethiopian government has made a decision to invest in Airport reconstruction. The program included rehabilitation of a runway – including an upgrade of Jijiga airfield. A Tender for The Supply, Installation, and Commissioning of Solar Airfield Lighting System at Jijiga Wilwal Garad Airport has been issued.

CHALLENGE

For most African airports – and Jijiga is not an exception – it’s always been a challenge to install systems that require stable power supply – would it be terminal, tower or airfield:

  • Electrical power supply is unstable due to unreliable electrical grid
  • Installation of a traditional hard-wired electrical system (including AGL) is economically inefficient due to limited budget
  • The cost of electricity in Africa is one of the highest in the World.

As a result, A Tender for The Supply, Installation, and Commissioning of Solar Airfield Lighting System at Jijiga Wilwal Garad Airport has been issued.

SOLUTION

S4GA together with its partner Alpha Airport provided complete Solar LED airfield lighting system which:

  • operates 365 days on solar energy
  • has 5-level protection against system failure
  • designed for Non-precision Airports located in countries with high photovoltaic potential and unreliable electrical supply

Ethiopia

Application

Solar LED Airfield Lighting

Date

2018