Cummins Power Generation has entered an agreement with Heliocentris, a specialist in energy efficiency and clean power solutions based in Berlin, to create a hybrid power system for telecom sites. The system can incorporate renewably produced energy to reduce fuel consumption, carbon footprint and the total cost of operation of bringing power to cellular base stations by up to 70%.
As part of the five-year agreement with Heliocentris, Cummins will incorporate Heliocentris’ networked energy management technology into a new hybrid power system for the telecom base stations.
The hybrid system features a diesel generator set, storage batteries and networked energy management technology to supply power to cellular sites. Cummins said that combining generator sets designed for telecommunication cellular sites with a hybrid system, which cycles batteries and integrates renewably produced energy from PV, ensures a continuing reduction of fuel consumption and operating and maintenance costs.
“After extensive testing of various systems, we identified the energy management package from Heliocentris as one of the most flexible and reliable systems on the market,” said Antonio Leitao, Vice President of Power Products at Cummins Power Generation. “Our leading diesel generator offerings and global service network, combined with Heliocentris’ networked energy management system, will provide our customers with highly reliable power systems that help meet sustainability goals while reducing their total cost of ownership. In addition, our network-enabled hybrid power system will significantly improve the availability of power for cell sites with the advanced operation and maintenance package.”
Combining renewable power generation with a diesel generator set and battery storage offers energy efficiency with reliability at the lowest cost of ownership. It will integrate seamlessly into a cellular provider’s network operations and also allow the integration of renewable energy technology such as solar, wind or fuel cells.