Monday, 13 July 2009

Ericsson/Telecom Italia solar solution

Ericsson and Telecom Italia are carrying out a joint trial of flexible solar panels on radio base stations that can potentially generate all of the energy required to power a site.

The Eco-Smart solution, the result of an agreement signed between Ericsson and Telecom Italia in 2008 to jointly develop sustainable solutions, features an elliptical support structure coated with flexible solar panels wrapping up the antenna.

The companies have set out to show that alternative energy sources represent a viable business case for both emerging and developed markets. Energy costs can account for half a site's operating expenses, so the Eco-Smart solution can contribute to significant cost savings while reducing CO2 emissions.

The structure was designed in Italy and can be easily adapted to all radio base station shapes. The trial is being carried out in the Italian city of L'Aquila, where the G8 leaders met last week.

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