To help telecoms firms to reduce their energy costs by deploying smart energy solutions, Panasonic has drafted several guidelines on the technology rollout.The Japanese headquartered smart grid technology company also analyses the benefits of implementing the energy saving solutions including smart generation, storing and consumption.
Smart energy benefits
According to Panasonic, implementation of smart energy solutions can help the companies to save up to 10 to 20% of energy and operating costs annually.
The release of the guideline comes at a time Panasonic predicts that energy costs is accounting for up to 15% of total cellular network operating costs in developed markets.
In developing countries, the costs of power costs is said has reached 50% of telecoms firms total operating costs due to unreliable grid supply and reliance on diesel powered generators.
However, with the increase in the use of mobile devices and lower spectrum assets, power consumption and costs are expected to record an increase.
And as such employing remotely monitored and controlled smart energy infrastructure can help telcos to reduce energy and operating costs and increase efficiency and reliability.
The company states that the infrastructure under the right conditions can even replace existing energy sources and improve operational savings by providing stored energy generated from on-site renewable sources or generators to power towers.
Improved management and control
By deploying the technologies, firms will have improved management and control of wireless site energy infrastructure through support of remote and site installed hardware and software which communicates with on-site assets and intelligently operates them to reduce electricity consumption, optimise useful life and increase reliability.
The technology will reduce the number of site visits and with the use of satellite connectivity, telecoms firms can continue to monitor the state of their sites even when the network is down providing new tools to better manage disaster recovery. [South Korean industry invests US$67.3bn in smart energy].
In addition to operational savings, the technology will also allow telecommunication companies to participate in energy markets through defined load management or ancillary markets thereby generating revenue.