Can Off-Grid Telecom Towers Ditch The Diesel?

Off-grid telecom stations help to ensure the reliability of mobile phone and Internet services worldwide. Unfortunately, they’re also typically powered by diesel generators, which contribute considerably to the fat carbon footprint of your cell phone conversation or music download. Urban Green Energy (UGE) would like to change that with its new solar-powered Fusion system for telecom stations.

A product of the company’s UGE Telecoms division, Fusion was designed to integrate into existing off-grid telecom stations, offsetting 90 percent of the diesel currently consumed by such systems with a combination of wind and solar power.  Fusion makes use of UGE’s advanced wind turbines, an array of solar panels and an advanced control system in a system said to operate reliably with a minimum of maintenance—a key factor for telecom stations far from human habitation.

UGE Telecom Fusion wind and solar system

image via UGE

Remarkably, this plug-and-play renewable energy system for off-grid telecom stations is billed as being not only affordable, but offering telecom companies the same reliability of their diesel generators “at a fraction of the cost.” Part of the equation here being the cost of transporting diesel by (what else?) diesel to such remote locations.

Fusion’s David Droz goes so far as to claim, in a statement, “By offsetting up to 90 percent of diesel usage per site, Fusion will allow our customers to significantly lower their operating costs and recoup their investment in as little as two years, while using a more robust and dependable system.”

According to the company, UGE’s Fusion solution is being implemented at three of the world’s largest telecoms companies across Europe, the Americas and Asia, and is also now powering remote communication towers for a national defense agency (which one, of course, the company can’t say).

Curious? The solution is on exhibit at Urban Green Energy’s booth in The Green Technology Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona right now.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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