India is adopting new energy storage solutions. Debi Prasad Dash tells how the country's telecom industry leverages the power backup solutions and creates huge business scope.
The $40 million deal between Reliance Jio Infocomm and Paris-based battery manufacturer SAFT opened up the Indian telecom industry for a sustainable future. SAFT will supply specialised lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which will be used at Reliance mobile tower sites for meeting power requirement.
With 76 per cent teledensity and with approximately 650,000 mobile towers, India is becoming a major market for billion dollar companies. India's telecom sector is now the second largest in the world, and the fastest growing. Currently the annual revenue of the industry is around Rs 1.36 trillion. To promote this sector earlier this year government approved telecom towers infrastructure status and already allowed 100 per cent FDI.
It is estimated that total number of telecom towers would reach about one million by FY17 primarily driven by increasing penetration in rural areas. But some of the major obstacles in the industry involve high operating cost and lower availability of continuous electricity in rural and semi urban areas.
Considering these factors energy storage integration with the telecom tower is a better prospective for the sustainable future. Energy storage application can provide 20-25 per cent of annual savings in current fuel cost to the operators. Different technologies such as advanced Lead acid, lithium Ion, Zinc bromide can be suitable for this purpose. In some case fly-wheel storage system can also be integrated with large capacity tower.
Why Energy storage application is a better solution to fuel issue of telecom tower?
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