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Electricity supply to telecom networks

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We often forget that our telecom networks are very energy-intensive, especially following the deployment of 5G. It is also sometimes necessary to operate relay antennas disconnected from the electrical network, to ensure satisfactory coverage of inaccessible areas, or, conversely, to carry out work on the electrical network without disconnecting the antennas! Finally, during sporting or cultural events, which bring together many customers in the same place, the mobile telephone networks are heavily used and can sometimes saturate. It is then necessary to increase the capacity of the telecom network with the temporary installation of additional antennas to make it possible again to make and receive calls, broadcast live content on social networks or even browse the internet.

EODev's GEH2® can support networks, both telecoms and electricity, in these kinds of circumstances — as a conventional diesel generator could do, with the major difference that the GEH2® will not make noise and will not emit any pollution: no greenhouse gases, no fine particles, no odors or smoke, only heat and water! Two French telecom operators, Bouygues Télécoms and Orange, thus tested our low-carbon solution to ensure continuity of service in all circumstances.

The former has developed B-Trucks, an innovative and flexible solution to cover areas that maybe very crowded temporarily, such as during festivals. These are trucks equipped with an antenna that can swing outside, on the roof, and deploy up to a height of almost 20 meters. Once in place, the antenna complements the coverage already available on site. Wherever an event is taking place, the 5G B-Trucks can be supplied with electricity through the use of a hydrogen fuel cell if the electricity supply is not possible or good enough.

This innovation, developed by Bouygues Energies et Services (BYES) / Equans with the assistance of EODev for the power supply, not only reduces CO2 emissions by 80% but also reduces the noise level (-15 dB) compared to a diesel genset, and does not disturb spectators with the presence of nauseous fumes. This solution, implemented on the 5G B-Truck deployed at the Longchamp racecourse for the concerts scheduled for last summer, made it possible to avoid the emission of nearly 11 tonnes of CO2 over a period of 6 weeks, i.e. the equivalent of 87,000 km traveled by plane!

The second operator, Orange, called on EODev's GEH2® to power a 5G antenna continuously for two months, at the start of the year, while the network repair work and electrification of the surrounding area by ERDF were being completed. This "prime power" solution was implemented with the help of REVOLT, an equipment rental company specializing in "Zero Emissions" solutions. The GEH2® from its fleet easily provided the 4-6kW power needed to supply the Orange site. Note that this solution makes it possible to supply the electricity needs of several operators on the same antenna: with four operators, it can then supply 15kW continuously.

The key points in the choice of the GEH2® by the Orange teams? The silence and the absence of nuisances. Knowing that most of these installations are located in urban areas, local residents generally complain about the noise emitted by generators running on diesel, when they are not disturbed by dark vapors. With the increase in the number of LEAs (Low Emission Areas), it is clear that the GEH2® is the right solution to respond easily and effectively to these new constraints — while avoiding, as has happened before, disgruntled residents come and turn off polluting generators, even if, by doing so, they may deprive themselves of their mobile network!

The Orange operation will thus have consumed almost 300 kg of certified green hydrogen supplied by Linde over the period. This operation will have saved the emission of more than 3 tons of CO2, or, using the same comparison as above, the equivalent of the emissions of a 25,000 km flight by a long-haul aircraft.

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