WRITTEN ON 25 June 2021.

The Highlands and Islands Airports invest in our lighting towers

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has confirmed a significant investment in a fleet of our emission-free lighting towers.

HIAL had a requirement to renew their lighting sets in line with their environmental commitments and their vision to become a net-zero carbon regional airport group.

HIAL X-BATTERY(1)The X-ECO BATTERY is entirely emission-free and operates completely silently. Power to the four energy-saving LED lamps is via a bank of eight industrial AGM batteries. The lights can operate continuously for seventy-two hours, and be recharged in less than eight hours. Overall light coverage is 2000 square metres. The X-ECO BATTERY is one product in a range of sustainable lighting sets marketed under our T-ZERO brand.

The X-ECO BATTERY lights are already in operation at Benbecula, Tiree, Islay, and Campbeltown airports, supporting routine aircraft movements together with facilitating lifeline services and emergency flights. They will also be deployed on HIAL’s Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE) at Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands. The SATE project will create the UK’s first operationally-based, low-carbon aviation test centre. The project includes trialling a host of exciting aviation technologies including low-carbon aircraft that utilise electric, hydrogen or synthetic fuel to replace conventional fossil fuels.

Owned by the Scottish Ministers, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited is responsible for the management and operation of 11 regional airports serving some of the nation’s remotest communities: at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick John O’Groats.