Motorola completes renewable power pilot scheme

Motorola and MTC Namibia have completed trials to test the viability of renewable energy to power base stations in remote areas.

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By  Administrator Published  December 2, 2007

Motorola and MTC Namibia have completed trials to test the viability of renewable energy to power base stations in remote areas. The wind and solar power system trial was conducted with GSM Association. "The trial project conducted in Dordabis village in the Khomas region of Namibia produced highly encouraging results," said MTC Namibia general manager for corporate affairs, Albertus Aochamub.

"Based on the success of this trial, we are now in a position to place remote base stations, fuelled by renewable energy sources, where we need them," he added.

The partners chose to run the Dordabis trial during the winter months, when both wind and solar energy would be at their lowest availability. Since May 2007, a solar array and a wind turbine have jointly been generating the electrical power needed to drive a mid-sized cell and support a microwave backhaul installation.

Based on the successful trials conducted in Namibia and the UK, Motorola's renewable energy technology is now commercially available.

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