As wireless networking companies push to become more environmentally friendly, CommScope, Inc. has launched an energy conservation initiative that supports the industry’s global efforts in reducing power consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.
It is estimated that the operation of telecommunications networks is responsible for 0.5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Many operators have set goals to reduce their energy consumption by approximately 25 percent within the next 10 years.
To achieve many of these “green” goals, wireless operators can invest in clean and reliable backup power generators, remote shelter monitoring, amplifier upgrades, shelter cooling and hybrid cooling systems through CommScope’s new initiative.
By deploying a hydrogen fuel cell power solution from CommScope, operators can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and power consumption at cell sites. Unlike diesel generators that emit greenhouse gases, the only by-products of hydrogen fuel cells are heat and water. With four fuel cell backup solutions available (5-, 8-, 10- and 16-kilowatts), operators no longer require diesel generators to provide backup power, thereby reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. In addition to having a clean, reliable and stable power source, operators can also reduce the amount of truck rolls dispatched to a cell site for repairs and diesel fuel delivery. In most cases, the base electronics can also be integrated inside the fuel cell cabinet, which further reduces capital and operational costs of a site.