Renewable energy is a type of energy which is obtained from inexhaustible sources, such as hydro, geothermal, solar, biomass and wind. All of these energies occur naturally. Renewable energy is non-polluting and clean. There are several forms that do not emit any toxic waste or greenhouse gases in the process of producing electricity. Moreover, renewable energy is efficient and cost-effective. Increasingly, governments from all over the world are turning to use renewable energy for ending their dependence on non-renewable energy sources (fossil fuels).
Use of Renewable Energy in Telecommunication Industry.
One of the major benefits of renewable energy systems is that they are the most reliable method to power, telecommunication systems in such places where conventional electricity is impractical or unavailable. Radio repeaters, microwave repeaters, television and RTU sites are located on mountain tops or else remote sites are not accessed easily during inclement weather and winter. Hydrogen, wind, solar fuel cells provide good sources of reliable and clean power for keeping batteries charged in all these locations. Moreover, even if the grid power is easily available at these sites, having a renewable energy system will give security and serve as a back-up in any uncertain event of grid failure.
Use of Solar Power Technology for radio base stations in Australia.
Solar energy is a type of renewable energy which is provided by sun or created from sunlight. Solar power is obtained when solar energy is used for heating water, air and other fluids or when solar energy is converted into electricity. Currently, the two main types of solar energy technologies include solar PV (system converting sunlight into electricity) and solar thermal (conversion of sunlight into heat).
Among all the developed nations, Australia has the largest average per square meter of solar radiation as compared to any other continents of the world. Currently, there are around 2 million households in Australia having solar PV (photovoltaic) systems or solar hot water systems on their rooftop.
This continent is exceptionally well matched for solar power because it has clear skies and a location that is relatively near the equator. The scientists of Australia are doing best in the research of solar power technology and using this energy for radio base stations.
The adoption of solar power technology for radio base stations in Australia would prevent million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, bringing this technology in telecommunication sector is expected to bring cost savings and many other operational benefits to operators.
Question for you: Is deeper penetration of mobile networks in Australia possible by using solar power to run the base-stations?