The world is getting increasing interconnected and mobile networks are at the backbone of it. Ubiquity of smartphones and emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has put tremendous pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs), who are always focused on reducing their operational costs and improve reliability as well as the network reach.
To stay ahead of the curve, MNOs are readily eyeing processes that can ease their capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) but it has been detected that depending on solar-powered telecom equipment are not the complete answer, driving the adoption of hybrid power system.
Specialist energy service companies (ESCOs) have emerged as a viable solution for MNOs and a number of them are outsourcing their power requirements, while the others are investing on their own power equipment. Both ways, the adoption of hybrid power systems is growing, as these systems employ both diesel genset, renewable energy resources, and grid power in order to ensure reliability of power supply.
In the recent past, solar energy gained adoption as there are ample of sunshine hours available in a number of emerging economies and it makes for a cheaper source of energy and enables faster rollout. However, reliability remains a concern on overcast days as well as from sand storm and dust. While rechargeable battery can be a logical back-up, investment on these systems stand the challenge of degrading performance over a long period of time.
Hybrid power systems are both ecofriendly and economically viable, providing energy consistently, and a number of mobile network operators are adopting in, whether for upgrading an existing one or for a new tower site.