Air Cargo Intralogistics



ACUNIS received award for energy-efficient terminal solution in Kenya

Showcase of “German Energy Efficient Technology”
AHK Kenya | Delegation of German Industry and Commerce

Construction of a cargo terminal with cooled and non-cooled storage areas. The terminal equipment operates with optimized energy utilization. The roof of the terminal is equipped with solar panels.

In Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, German AMOVA GmbH constructed a new cargo terminal covering 9,000 square meters. It provides two separate storage areas, one for perishable goods that are stored at a constant temperature of 2 °C – the other one for dry cargo. The facility’s annual throughput capacity amounts to 80,000 tons, expandable up to 150,000 tons per year. The cargo terminal includes a multitude of state of the art features. This includes high-bay stores, Euro pallet store, a small parts warehouse, a bulky goods section, elevating transfer vehicles (ETV), conveying and handling system with loading and unloading bridges for trucks, among others.

The terminal equipment operates with optimized energy utilization. Specially selected drives run at highest efficiency rates. The hardware configuration for ETVs features start control power management. The terminal roof is covered by solar panels with a rated capacity of 350 kW – significantly reducing external supply from the electricity grid. These three measures showcase the holistic energy efficiency concept as examples.

Under the brand ACUNIS, two German companies with their specific areas of competencies collaborated together to implement this project: AMOVA for planning expertise and design of logistic transport equipment, and UNITECHNIK for providing their industrial automation know-how.

2 energy-optimized ETV’s and cargo handling system
The electric system of the cargo terminal possesses a standby-mode for elevating and conveying systems at different levels, thus reducing the connected load by indirectly actuated drives. The automation system furthermore offers upgrade possibilities in view of light load situations. The incorporated warehouse management system optionally comprises special functions: Cargo units are visualized on individual handhelds (PC/ Smartphone), also providing information on the status of each sensor used within the system. The system is also fit for remote access. All transport equipment could also be equipped with onboard cameras to further support fault diagnosis and online support.

To successfully implement the project, it was crucial to understand the demands through engaging with the local construction specialist. Providing a finance solution and technical expertise to the end user also played a key role in order to meet AMOVA’s goal of being a one-stop shop for all cargo movements. The cargo terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Africa’s second project of this kind, aiming to increase the customer’s competitiveness and service ability domestically and beyond – ultimately securing Nairobi’s position as the leading air freight hub in the region.