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Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

The fast-growing telecom sector in India has become Panasonic’s major growth driver for energy storage products in the country, company officials say.

The Japanese tech giant reports the sector has generated more than $100 million in sales of lithium-ion battery-based solutions in the last three years, as telecom service operators invest in renewable energy plus storage.

 

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Redflow puts flow batteries into tropical telecom

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Redflow puts flow batteries into tropical telecom

Australian flow battery maker Redflow has announced its largest single sale of zinc-bromine batteries, worth about US$600,000 (A$800,000), for multiple telecom sites in the Pacific Islands.

Redflow’s partner Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power) will provide the batteries for an energy storage solution being designed by New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions.

 

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Ballard to install fuel cell backup power in Jamaica

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:45 -- Laura Varriale
Ballard ElectraGen-ME system

Canada’s Ballard Power Systems is to deploy 13 fuel cell power systems to the Digicel Group network in Jamaica.

The ElectraGen-ME fuel cell backup power system is powered by methanol and is designed to provide extended runtime backup power. A fuel reformer converts a methanol-water liquid fuel mixture into hydrogen gas to power each fuel cell stack.

This is the second order the Vancouver-based company received from the Digicel Group, which will bring the total systems deployed at critical sites around the island of Jamaica to 25. 161 ElectraGen-ME systems are installed across the entire Caribbean region.

Most of the systems will be located at rooftop base station locations.

“There are inherent challenges with incumbent backup power technologies on rooftops. Our methanol-fuelled systems offer a practical solution to address those challenges and deliver meaningful value to telecom operators globally,” said Larry Stapleton, Ballard Power Systems vice president of sales.

Due to extreme weather conditions in the region, telecom networks are vulnerable to frequent grid outages, which have an impact on continuity of service to subscribers

Communications provider Digicel Group has over 14m customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions.

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