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Greater Binghamton Airport Heats Things Up

The Greater Binghamton Airport is set to become the first in the country to use geothermal energy to heat its aircraft parking ramp.

The new system is expected to be fully installed by the end of the year. The $1.2 million dollar project will be paid for by $900,000 from the federal government and $300,000 from the state.

The system will provide energy at a constant of 50 degrees, heating the ramp in the winter while helping cool the terminal building in the summer. It will allow the air conditioning to run 30% more efficiently.

"Right now if we have snow or ice when we're out on the air carrier ramp that's going to be impacted by this project we have to put sand down, we have to clear it with plows, we have to use manpower, etc., etc. With this new technology those pathways are going to be clear," said Broome County Commissioner of Aviation Carl Beardsley.

The idea for the geothermal system came from a class at Binghamton University, who entered the idea in a contest run by the FAA.

The agency liked the idea so much it decided to make it a reality.

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