Electro Power Systems was founded in 2005 and is based in Italy and is an established player in the sector of fuel cell systems for mission-critical backup power applications. It won the Italian Innovation Award in 2005, was listed as one of the Global Cleantech 100 in 2009 and its new self-recharging ElectroSelf platform was named “Most Innovative Product Enabling a Greener World” at the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation EMEA event in June 2009.
Electro Power Systems SpA has officially launched in India ElectroSelf, the world’s first entirely self-recharging fuel cell system for backup power.
A preview of ElectroSelf was presented in February 2010 at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona and, after being successfully trialed in Europe, Americas and Asia, it is now ready to pave the way to fuel cell adoption overall India.
According to the company, the trials, including those made in India, helped demonstrate that ElectroSelf generates significant savings for operators and tower companies while overcoming the problems related to legacy solutions (i.e. fuel logistics, frequent on-site checks and heavy maintenance).
ElectroSelf, according to the company, was designed to deliver dependable backup power for mobile networks in any location whether off-grid, in locations with unreliable power, or in extreme climates.ElectroSelf also has perfect integration with renewable sources.
The self-contained and self-recharging fuel-cell system consumes only water, produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and can be installed to backup renewable or mains power.
It is a completely clean technology with minimal CO2 emissions in manufacture and zero CO2 or NOX emissions in operation. Unlike battery solutions it has no hidden toxic waste disposal cost. It is particularly useful for off-grid installations because it enables the storage of renewable energy including storing solar energy during the day and then support the station during hours of darkness.
Adriano Marconetto, founder and CEO, Electro Power Systems SpA says: “ElectroSelf represents a huge opportunity for India telecom operators and tower companies. It is the only fuel cell solution which generates 100% of its own hydrogen, so is the first to promise the freedom and flexibility that operators need.”
ElectroSelf has advanced control and power electronics that enable fully remote management and control over TCP IP or mobile connections. For operators looking to release the potential of rural communities, it also provides the potential for selling excess power back into the grid or for providing community power, creating a further potential revenue stream for operators to pursue more rapid payback at the edges of their network.
This is very interesting, as just a couple of days back, Panchabuta had mentioned that French industrial gas company Air Liquide has undertaken a pilot project with Bharti Airtel to run telecom towers using environment-friendly hydrogen as fuel.
A few days before that, Panchabuta had talked about, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) awarding a tender for powering cellphone sites using Solar Energy in Western Uttar Pradesh.
The department of telecom (DoT) plans to provide subsidies and incentives to operators using renewable energy.
Some of the incentives include 30 per cent subsidy on the total cost of making 200 towers eco-friendly in a certain area and supporting the rollout of eco-friendly towers in rural areas.
“With many telecom towers set in rural areas where power is a major problem, diesel has become the major source to provide continuous telephone network. Renewable energy solutions such as solar cells or hydrofuels will ensure that at least the power requirements of the towers in rural areas are solved,” a DoT official said.
As Panchabuta has earlier reported, a proposal is being finalized by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) that is aimed at containing the use of polluting diesel generators to provide back-up power for cellphone towers.