Berlin BER Passes the “Black Building Test”

The emergency power systems were tested at Berlin's BER during the early hours of August 13. (BER)

During the night of August 12 – 13 the new Brandenburg Airport successfully passed its “black building test”. This required a controlled power cut in the main terminal (T1) to check the safety power supply in the event of a power failure. In addition, Pier Nord, Pier Süd, the air traffic control tower, the northern runway’s lighting, various operations buildings and two fire stations were also tested.

The trial was directed by TÜV Rheinland between midnight and 2:30am and verified that the emergency generators start up in good time and that the supply of relevant technical equipment and safety installations are secured in the event of a power failure.

The test is a legal requirement and one of many steps taken towards certification.

Prof Dr -Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg, commented: “BER has successfully passed a very important test within the operating principle test”.