“As solar and wind power equipment become more cost-effective in the next few years, renewable energy will be an increasingly attractive option for base station power, in combination with batteries and fuel cells.”
“Energy is one of the top expense items for mobile network operators,” says managing director Clint Wheelock. “As solar and wind energy equipment become more cost-effective in the next few years, renewable energy will be an increasingly attractive option for base station power, in combination with batteries and fuel cells.” Wheelock adds that the economics of renewable energy are already favorable in remote off-grid areas where the fully-loaded cost of delivering diesel to generators is high.
Pike Research’s analysis also shows that mobile network infrastructure equipment is rapidly becoming more energy-efficient, owing to a series of initiatives by equipment vendors and network operators. The firm believes that lower base station power requirements will make it even easier to integrate renewable energy into mobile networks. In the process, the global wireless industry will have a significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions associated with network operations.
Pike Research’s report, “Green Telecom Networks”, analyzes the business opportunities, technology requirements, and environmental impacts of green telecom initiatives on a worldwide basis. The report examines the tools and practices available for fixed and mobile network operators to lower their operating expenses, reduce their carbon emissions, and improve the total cost of ownership for their networks.
Detailed market forecasts include energy efficient network infrastructure capex spending, adoption of renewable energy power sources, and carbon emission reductions for fixed and mobile networks in addition to telecom data centers. Profiles are also provided for key network operators and vendors. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.
Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The company’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Clean Transportation, Clean Industry, Corporate Sustainability, and Building Efficiency sectors.