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Honolulu International Airport dedicates new air conditioning chiller plant

Joel Yuen Joel Yuen

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Visitors to Oahu will arrive to a cooler new place when they land.

It's one of three new air conditioning chiller plants being built. This one will serve the diamond head concourse of the airport. When complete, it will be the largest air conditioning system in the state.

"The new chiller plant has a 4000-ton capacity that's about the equivalent to the amount of air conditioning used by 1,300 homes," said Joel Yuen of Insynergy Engineering.

This plant came with a price tag of $11 million. It's 50% more energy efficient and will save the state an estimated 2.3 million dollars a year. Right now, of the 3-million square foot facility only 1.6 million is air conditioned.

"The goal here is that the new plant will ultimately serve the entire airport in conjunction with the other upgrades."

The project began two years ago and is expected to not only save money on electrical operating costs. With a 6000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emmissions, it will also be better for the environment.

"The main benefit with an improved energy efficiency, we're using less electricity which means we will be utilizing less fossil fuels."

It's a cool way for the state to move forward in it's goal for sustainable living.

The total cost for the three chiller plants is $51 million, work on the central concourse plant will begin early next year followed by the Ewa plant in 2010.

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