This blog is by Riina Luoma at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Imagine being in a remote location when an unexpected natural catastrophe occurs. Many people around the world can face this situation. This is when telecoms infrastructure saves lives.
On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Up to 29,000 base stations shared between Japan’s five mobile operators stopped working. About 80% of the base station service and functional disruptions were attributed to power blackouts.
Fuel cell power generation systems can provide a backup solution to ensure uninterrupted power to any critical infrastructure point, under any conditions. The power operating or duration time compared with traditional battery back-up power solutions can be shorter periods of several hours to extended periods of 48-72 hours or more. Fuel cell power generation equipment produces direct-current power using hydrogen and oxygen and is a clean energy technology. Nokia Siemens Networks supplies Fuel Cell systems that are designed exclusively for base stations and available in either methanol-fuelled or direct hydrogen configurations.
Fuel cell systems have proven to be extremely reliable during crisis situations and in geographies with poor electric grids. Used in the Bahamas, for example, these backup power systems were 100% reliable when grid power was lost during Hurricane Sandy last October.
Nokia Siemens Networks has implemented hundreds of Fuel Cell solutions in East Asia. One of the local requirements in determining the site selection was rooftop implementations, where system weight and physical size was critical. In addition to small system size and low noise, Fuel Cells dramatically reduced the risk of power-related site failure.
Fuel Cells are the optimal eco-choice
• Clean power, zero C02 emissions
• 99.9% verified reliability
• Power without noise pollution
• Space-saving compared with batteries and generators
• Supports sustainability objectives
• Supports hybrid solutions with solar and wind energy
E-Tech award winner at CTIA 2013
Fuel Cell back-up power solutions are gaining popularity, and installations are popping up all over the world. To ensure optimal global coverage, we partnered with the leading fuel cell system providers who could offer both hydrogen and methanol based systems to meet any local requirements. The innovation clearly paid off at the recent CTIA 2013 awards, where Nokia Siemens Networks won the emerging technologies award in the “Green Telecom and Smart Energy Solutions” category together with one of our suppliers.
This recognition underscores our commitment to helping operators reduce their carbon footprints and minimizing network downtime in the event of power failure. As the leading mobile networks Fuel Cells solution vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks provides a single point of contact for logistics, implementation, commissioning, refueling, maintenance and training.