Pittsburgh Airport Uses Alternative Fuel - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 24, 2022

Pittsburgh Airport Uses Alternative Fuel

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) officials will use natural gas produced at the airport and converted into alternative fuel.

The airport announced a new phase of its ongoing partnership with locally-based natural gas exploration, production, midstream, and technology company CNX Resources Corporation aimed at further reducing carbon emissions by using CNX proprietary technology. 

"We feel that natural gas and derivative products provide a path for the transportation industry both to reduce carbon emissions in the short-term while working toward a goal of net-zero in the long-term as hydrogen and other potential solutions mature," said Christina Cassotis, CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport, in a statement. "We believe this strategy can have a global impact."

CNX developed proprietary technology to cost-effectively convert on-site dry natural gas into liquified natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and electricity for various uses including as a hydrogen feedstock. These technologies will reduce local emissions and further reduce operating costs at the airport.

The strategy also envisions a sustainable fuel hub at PIT utilizing locally sourced, lower-cost, lower-carbon intensity LNG and CNG fueling depots for airlines, transit, cargo, fleet, military and other energy-intensive business purposes.

Pittsburgh International Airport was the first in the world to be completely powered with its own microgrid, fueled by natural gas and more than 10,000 solar panels last June. Officials are planning to double the size of the solar field, which is built atop an old landfill. The microgrid is forecast to reduce emissions by about 8.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year within the region. 


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