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Cell Towers Are Going Green

We all want cell service no matter where we are.  To get it, myriad towers and hot spots must be built across the land and powered by energy.

Panasonic Eco Solutions, in partnership with PowerOasis, is designing a lithium-ion battery technology called Green Tower.  By combining the batteries with solar modules and management software, a cell tower’s load can be supported both on- and off-grid.  Panasonic says that electricity can account for almost 15 percent of a cellular network’s operating costs. The Green Tower is projected to help carriers save between 10 percent and 20 percent on energy infrastructure costs.

Panasonic is just the latest company entering this area.  Alcatel-Lucent is studying green energy sources.  The GreenTouch Consortium, made up of companies including AT&T, Bell Labs and Samsung, is looking into energy efficiency for both wired and wireless networks.

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