FedEx breaks ground on largest solar facility

FedEx Express recently broke ground on its largest solar facility and first outside the US, when it began construction of its new Central and Eastern European gateway at the Cologne/Bonn airport in Germany. The hub is slated for completion in 2010. The facility will be equipped with new ramp, freight and sort facilities with a […]


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FedEx Express recently broke ground on its largest solar facility and first outside the US, when it began construction of its new Central and Eastern European gateway at the Cologne/Bonn airport in Germany. The hub is slated for completion in 2010.

The facility will be equipped with new ramp, freight and sort facilities with a fullyautomated sort system that will cover a floor space of approximately 50,000 square meters. FedEx opted to build its new hub in Cologne because of the region’s excellent freight transport infrastructure and the central location of the airport within Germany and Europe.

“Moving to Cologne enables FedEx to plan eff ectively for the future,” said Robert W. Elliott, president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent, FedEx Express. “With the availability of space to expand and more flexible night flight regulations, we have found innovative and practical solutions to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.”

In addition, the Cologne hub installation will be a 1.4-megawatt (MW) solar power system and will generate approximately 1.3 gigawatt hours of electricity per year – equivalent to the annual consumption of 370 households. Solar panels, fitted to the roof of the new ramp and sort facilities, will cover a total surface area of 16,000 square meters.