Du expands green network investment
Telco set to invest in additional energy efficient cell sites
UAE telecom operator du will add around 70 new hybrid cell sites to its network in a bid to reduce its consumption of diesel and reduce its carbon footprint.
The telco will deploy hybrid technology from Genset Efficiency Solutions, provided by Heliocentris, a company that specialises in energy efficiency and clean energy solutions.
Du said it has decided to convert all possible off-grid sites to smart hybrid power solutions with the deployment of the green technology.
Heliocentris' smart hybrid solution involves deep cycling batteries and a "smart energy manager", which cycles the site's load between generator and batteries, thereby reducing the run time of the diesel-powered generator significantly.
The investment supports the UAE government's strategy towards sustainable energy, and the national objective to reduce diesel consumption and CO2 emission by 50%.
Heliocentris' solutions have run successfully in 137 of du's base transceiver station (BTS) sites for more than a year, and have fulfilled the telco's expectations in terms of energy savings and reliability.
Heliocentris' Genset Efficiency solutions have helped du to reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 2,500 tons during 2012.
Du expects to reduce fuel consumption by more than 3m litres and to cut CO2 emissions by more than 12,000 tonnes, by end of 2014.
Saleem Al Balooshi, executive VP, customer operations, network development and operations, du, said: "The installation of Heliocentris' solutions into our BTS sites has led to a massive improvement in our environmental impact."