Effective telecommunications and electricity are vital to running a successful business, no matter where you live or do business. With this importance in mind, many business owners simply accept high costs without question. The effort it requires for you to research your options is time consuming, often confusing and better spent running your own business.
Shootle can do it all for you. We’ll find the most efficient and cost effective telecommunications solution and alternative energy to run your business irrespective of your location on the globe and help you save money without compromising quality. We can certainly make you money with less headaches from you. We can advise and deliver compelling telecommunications and alternative energy solutions to meet your business and your customers’ needs. The considerable problems deriving from the growth of energetic consumptions and from the relevant environmental “emergency” due to the emissions of greenhouse gases, push people to find out new solutions and new technologies for the production of primary energy fit for fulfilling the urging and growing energetic demands.
Shootle provides a tele-energy solution in a box that includes, mobile, solar-powered generator. It runs on high power photovoltaic panels that extend from its container combined with an easy to set up wind turbine. Energy is stored in onboard batteries.
As a self-contained, self-sustaining power station, Shootle solution is uniquely suited to support rural deployment and relief efforts, and being housed in a standard shipping container makes it easy to transport via land, air, or sea and helping to create sustainable businesses worldwide. The electricity generated can be used to power various onboard systems, including communication systems, water treatment systems as well as water distribution systems and much more. These systems are capable of providing Internet connectivity, satellite communications, clean water and some of the most important basic necessities of life. Electricity can also be used to power external systems such as hospitals or schools.
The Need for a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Solution
The global climate change, which is due to increased CO2 and other greenhouse gases concentration levels in atmosphere, is considered one of the most important global emergency that requires immediate and effective policies. The CO2 emissions are mostly due to the use of fossil fuels as energy source. Thus in the future the use of fossil fuels has to be decreased. This can be obtained by improving energy efficiency and by using large scale renewable energy sources.
It is also true in the telecommunication applications, which has seen, in the last years, a remarkable increase in the number of installations present on the whole territory – sometimes located in hardly reachable areas – and the relevant growth of energetic consumptions, because of growing interest about new and reliable services in mobility calls with an increase of the BTS operation hours and traffic management, in order to guarantee the quality of the service anywhere and anytime.
As an example, in the last years the development of the telecommunications sector has resulted in a significant increase of the number of Base Transceiver Station (BTS) on many territories: according to the official database of the non-ionizing radiation observatory of the National Agency for Environment, the BTS present in Italy are about 60.000. On the other hand it has been shown that the energetic consumptions of a typical operator network varies between 1.5 TWh to 9 TWh for a year. What is alarming is what we are faced in the future. On the wired line side it is expected a relevant growth of the number of broadband subscribers with a power per subscriber rate that is 4 to 8 times the traditional consumption, while on the wireless side the number of connected device with high speed data services is growing. By extrapolation, it has been estimated that the telecom industry consumed last year about 1% of the global energy consumption of the planet, that is the equivalent energy consumption of 15 million US homes and also the equivalent CO2 emissions of 29 million cars.
Therefore, the reduction of the energetic consumptions of a Telecommunications Power Systems represents one of the critical factors of the telecommunication’s technologies, both to allow a sizeable saving of economic resources to the mobile communications system management and to realize “sustainable” development actions. In other words improving the energy efficiency of telecom networks is not just a necessary contribution towards the fight against global warming, but with the rapidly rising prices of energy, it is becoming also a financial opportunity.
Telecommunications power systems and renewable energy
In order to introduce sustainable, clean energy technology in the telecommunications power system management, one has to consider the use of renewable sources technologies (photovoltaic, wind, hybrid systems) installed on telecommunication systems infrastructures. We analyzed the most advanced technological solutions in the photovoltaic sector (single crystal, multi-crystal panels, amorphous silicon, and thin films) and in the further renewable sources, useful for producing the energy in situ in consideration of the functioning conditions and the structural features of a radio-telecommunication station.
We chose to analyze the interventions in locations with different testing conditions for each provider, in order to plan and realize photovoltaic systems for basic radio stations in urban and rural areas (raw-land), to forecast the use of combustible cells for substituting the batteries of a microcell site and to analyze the use of different renewable sources for grid-off BTS (not connected to the electrical net), fed by generators.
Energetic auditing of a BTS is the most important step in the understanding of energy management of wireless telecommunication power system. With this aim it has been realized a campaign of measurements for a radio-telecommunication apparatus starting from on-site measurements, performed in collaboration with Italian companies of mobile communications systems (Vodafone, H3G, Telecom and Wind), which take into account different technologies (GSM, UMTS, DCS+GSM+UMTS), different typologies of apparatuses (outdoor, room, shelter), different locations (North, Centre, South of Italy) and different working loads.
Therefore it has been realized an experiment in which use of photovoltaic systems and other renewable sources for different typologies of contexts (urban and rural areas) and for apparatuses not reached by the electricity network (stand-alone apparatuses), has been tested.
Two rural sites in which a photovoltaic plant has been built in with provider Vodafone, in order to understand how to use infrastructure of the BTS to obtain a total or partial architectural integration of the photovoltaic plants on the shelter o support pole. It has been shown that their energetic productivity depend on the geographical location, on the surface available to implement the photovoltaic plants and on the effects of shadow.