Green is the Buzz­word

Re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion is in spot­light, as reg­u­la­tion­driven re­quire­ment to cut car­bon foot­prints get more pro­nounced than ever be­fore


With over 1 bil­lion tele­com sub­scribers, In­dia is the sec­ond largest tele­com mar­ket in the world. Such a huge mar­ket is ob­vi­ously be­ing served by a mas­sive in­fras­truc­ture that guz­zles up hun­dreds of megawatts of elec­tric­ity. Given that sup­ply of grid power is both in­suf­fi­cient and in­fre­quent in In­dia, the de­pen­dence on off-grid gen­er­a­tion has been pretty high. The rapid pace of growth wit­nessed by the In­dian tele­com sec­tor has also fu­elled the need for highly re­li­able power so­lu­tions to sup­port up­time needs of var­i­ous in­fras­truc­ture el­e­ments.

His­tor­i­cally, diesel gensets have formed the main­stay of off-grid power gen­er­a­tion needs in In­dia, and tel­cos as well as other en­ter­prises have been no ex­cep­tion to that. Even the grid power in In­dia is not so clean since a ma­jor­ity of the gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity is coal-fired.

The larger an en­ter­prise, there­fore, the greater its power con­sump­tion needs and hence its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. The tele­com sec­tor, in par­tic­u­lar, is known to have a large car­bon foot­print and has long been in need of a sus­tain­able power man­age­ment pro­gram that com­prises re­new­able en­ergy re­sources.

Tech­nol­ogy Trends & Chal­lenges

De­ploy­ment of so­lar sites and re­new­able sites is gain­ing promi­nence. So­lu­tion providers are ex­per­i­ment­ing and launch­ing bat­tery tech­nolo­gies that can with­stand higher tem­per­a­tures, have more charge- dis­charge cy­cles and hence are long last­ing and in­volve low cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

There is a po­ten­tially huge de­mand for clean and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources like so­lar as com­pared to the con­ven­tional sources of en­ergy in the near fu­ture, and so­lu­tion providers and ven­dors are likely to be ex­ten­sively fo­cus­ing on pro­vid­ing clean en­ergy-based so­lu­tions. How­ever, in or­der to meet the ob­jec­tives of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­duce ex­pen­di­ture, com­pa­nies need to de­ploy end-to-end so­lu­tions that are adap­tive and scal­able and can be ad­justed to chang­ing op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments.

En­ter­prises have also re­al­ized the greater need for power man­age­ment. The mar­ket for en­ergy ef­fi­cient pow­er­man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing so­lu­tions in tele­com is slated to ex­pand con­sid­er­ably

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