Airtel to Switch 250 Nigerian Base Stations to Renewable Power Supplies
Published on: 10th Nov 2011
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Bharti Airtel has awarded a contract to Ericsson to upgrade an initial batch of 250 diesel powered base stations in Nigeria with E site, a new "green" energy solution from Flexenclosure.
The 'green' mobile initiative announced today, is yet another milestone in Airtel's journey to deliver value to end users. This will improve operations and minimize its environmental impact.
Developed and manufactured by Flexenclosure, a Swedish provider of site power management solutions for off-grid base station sites, the solution has been tested by Airtel in Kenya for close to two years and has proven to substantially reduce diesel consumption when compared to a 24/7 diesel powered site.
The E-site is mainly powered by renewable energy sources (sun and wind) and uses a battery bank for storage of energy. The wind turbines have been modified and perfected for this particular purpose. E-site's sophisticated control system ensures that maximum power is captured from the renewable energy sources and that the use of the battery bank is highly efficient.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for implementation and maintenance services for all the sites.