Vodafone Qatar rings in eco-friendly mobile base station

Alcatel-Lucent technology makes use of solar and wind energy to power station

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Vodafone Qatar rings in eco-friendly mobile base station The base station can draw power from both solar panels and wind turbines simultaneously, making the best of local weather conditions.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 20, 2010

Qatar's first hybrid-powered mobile base station has been launched by Vodafone Qatar, using Alcatel-Lucent technology to harness both wind and solar energy.

The trial site in Qatar makes uses of an ‘energy controller' that can simultaneously draw power from both photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. This means that, based on solar intensity and wind speed, it can make the most of the two sources' fluctuating availability at every second. The station is expected to make the best of local weather conditions, while reducing costs and improving maintenance quality in remote sites. 

"As the first hybrid solution in Qatar to make use of both wind and solar energy, this achievement increases the availability and quality of mobile services to the end customer, while reducing the impact on the environment. What's more, it is one of the most innovative and best-performing solutions that we have tested so far in Vodafone," said Jenny Howe, CTO of Vodafone Qatar.  

The launch is part of Vodafone Group's efforts to deploy green energy sources to its affiliates around the world. It's not the first time a green mobile station has been deployed in the Middle East however; Turkish mobile network operator Avea announced it was using solar and wind energy to power one of its base stations in April last year.

The eco-friendly solution used in Qatar was provided by Alcatel-Lucent's Alternative Energy Program, which aims to equip more than 100,000 mobile base stations with alternative energy solutions before 2012. It's expected to help reduce 7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

"Alcatel-Lucent is absolutely convinced that business has a critical role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy. And for us this means both reducing the CO2 emissions from our own operations and providing energy efficient solutions to our customers. This trial marks an important milestone for our industrial solution. It also further strengthens our relationship with Vodafone by giving us the opportunity to combat global climate change together," stated Marc Kassis, head of Alcatel-Lucent business in Qatar.

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