The increasing demand of mobile electronic gadgets and multimedia has pressed more demand for electricity among power producers. While electricity is available in almost all areas nowadays, the required grid power or household power to support an entire community of individuals using power sucking gadgets is insufficient. The increased activity and appliance usage are contributors to increased electricity demands.
Mobile networks in particular are one of the industries that are focusing on reducing their corporate expenses by tapping on renewable energy sources. Renewable energy infrastructure such as small wind turbines and solar panels provide a sound alternative to fuel-generated electric generators in areas that don’t receive the required electricity to power up both the internal and external activities of mobile networks.
Pike Research forecasts that by 2014, around 4.5% of mobile network sites will be powered by these alternative electricity sources. The 4.5% mark is just a major increase from the 0.11% percentage in 2010. Developing countries, in particular, will see a much higher increase in the usage of alternative or renewable energy. 8% of mobile network stations in energy-bereft regions are expected to utilize such energy source according to Cleantech Market Intelligence.
The use of renewable energy has become an attractive investment among the mobile network base stations. The use of such energy has proved to be far more cost-effective than using traditional fuel-generated electricity generators. The future will only tell how soon companies will start to invest considering the saving on their total electricity cost.
Another research company, Pike Research, demonstrated just how these companies are starting to prepare their resources for energy-efficiency. Mobile network operators realize investments in technology are now far better able to utilize energy as efficiently as possible; reducing overall electricity consumption. Network operators and equipment producers have also come up with their own initiative of low wattage machines that that operate on little electricity consumption. Given the technology advancements, mobile network companies will have a chance to lower the cost of their electricity expenses and recude the total amount of their production of carbon emissions.
The Green Telecom Networks, a research report published by Pike Research, attempted to realize the overall business and environmental impact of the use of renewable resources. It provides an in-depth analysis of how mobile networks can lower their general operating costs, the amount of carbon emissions they emit in the atmosphere including the best practices and appropriate tools available for them. A summary of this report is made available on the research firm’s web portal at www.pikeresearch.com.