Nokia Siemens Networks launches green base station solutions

Green energy

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) today announced a range of products to help communications service providers (CSPs) go green and save money.

At its Energy Solutions launch today in London the company revealed six new offerings, promising to reduce carbon emissions whilst easing the burden on providers' bank balances.

"As we know at this moment in time energy efficiency is a very relevant topic. We all live in a world where climate change is a reality so anything we can do as individuals or corporates is very important," said Ashish Chowdhary, head of services at NSN.

"Today's launch of the industry's widest portfolio of solutions is to help operators to go forward in an efficient way."

The six solutions incorporate both technologies for existing base stations as well as for new deployments.

The NSN bad grid solution and NSN off-grid solution are designed with remote areas in mind that tend to run off of diesel generators. What the solutions propose is using a mixture of more sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind power and batteries alongside the generators and the grid in the bad grid case - reducing the need for fuel.

The NSN Energy Modernisation solution is aimed at existing sites to help established deployments reduce their energy use. This focuses on batteries that are currently being over used to charge generators so although they should have a life of three years, the high usage runs it down in one.

By using one of NSN's SiteStar cabinets, this can be better controlled through heat management, identifying when a battery is being over used and by reducing it extending its battery life to up to five years.

NSN Green Energy Control is a tool to monitor all types of energy sources used on site. By plugging them in to the device the information can then be used to decide what the best type of energy would be based on efficiency and cost.

Finally, there is a consulting service available to customers as well as OPEX management. After one of these new solutions is deployed the customer has the choice of running it themselves or letting NSN take control.

"Our goal is that all remote base stations will chose renewable energy as the first choice by 2011," said Chowdhary.

"Our commitment to the environment and CSP's is to work closely and effect the changes that are better for the industry and environment."

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