Solar, Wind Power Enable ‘Green’ Cell Base Station Market; For Operators, it Pays to be Green

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 8:57am

Solar, Wind Power Enable 'Green' Cell Base Station Market; For Operators, it Pays to be Green

In the last few years, the number of worldwide cellular base stations has exploded from the hundreds of thousands to the many millions, creating greenhouse gases and pollution from the power required to run them, reports In-Stat Base stations on an electric grid aren't the real problem, but as cellular spreads to billions of people in emerging countries, off-grid base stations, which are usually powered by diesel generators running 24/7, proliferate.

While diesel pollution is an environmental issue, what bothers operators the most is the cost of powering and securing the generators. Diesel fuel has to be trucked to remote sites, and theft of diesel fuel and equipment can cost operators millions of dollars. The solution is for operators to at least partially power remote base stations with wind turbines, solar panels, or both. This is truly a case where it pays to be green.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • By 2014, over 230,000 cellular base stations in developing countries will be solar-powered or wind-powered.

  • The number of off-grid base stations is growing at 30% per year.

  • Off-grid base stations are primarily located in Africa, South Asia (including India), South America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,   Green Base Stations: Renewable Energy Becomes a Reality in Cellular Infrastructure (#IN0904369GW), which covers the market for cellular base station technology in the developing world. It includes:

  • Forecasts of deployed solar- and wind-powered base stations through 2014.
  • Analysis of green base station technology including costs and benefits.
  • Recent green base station technology developments by Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent.
For more information on this research or to purchase it online, please visit: or contact a sales representative:

The price is $3,495 (US).

This research is part of In-Stat's Cellular Infrastructure service, which provides comprehensive analysis of the components and equipment for wireless broadband and communication technologies, including the market trends and network technologies, such as micro, pico, and femtocells.

Related In-Stat research:

Five-Year Cellular Macro Station Forecast

A Cell of Your Own—Worldwide Micro, Pico, and Femtocell Market Analysis

Big Pipes—The Global Market for Cellular/WiMAX Backhaul

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