April 29, 2010: Burlington, MA
Stephen Barrett, Director of Clean Energy at HMMH, has been selected as the Principal Investigator for Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis Project 11-03/Topic S10-06: Developing Energy Technologies and Their Effects on Airports. The ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies through funding provided by the National Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Barrett will be compiling existing literature, data, and ongoing research on physical, visual and electromagnetic impacts from energy technologies on airport and aviation safety. The primary focus will be on wind and solar energy generation operations as they relate to airport property and also on power plant locations near airports. In his research, Mr. Barrett will identify and quantify potential hazards, present laws and regulations related to energy siting and recommend mitigation options. The resulting ACRP Synthesis Report will provide a single, definitive guidance for airport operators and regulators that describes the potential conflicts between energy generation and airport operations, and reports the experiences of airports that have directly developed or partnered with developers on energy generation projects.
Over the last 10 years, Mr. Barrett has worked with the public and private sectors to develop renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, tidal, wave, biomass, and geothermal. He is presently supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the preparation of a National Solar Guidance for Airports. He has worked with wind farm developers in assessing the potential impacts on airspace from wind turbine generators. He has also helped airports site and design solar generation projects, most recently at Palm Beach International Airport.
Information on ACRP is located at
Stephen Barrett, Director of Clean Energy
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc.
77 South Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01803