Solar vs Diesel: Where to draw the line for cell towers?

Talal Ahmad, Shankar Kalyanaraman, Fareeha Amjad, Lakshmi Subramanian

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Abstract

Cellular networks in developing regions continue to rely heavily on diesel for energy to provide network coverage due to the paucity of reliable grid power which directly impacts the network's economic viability and long-term sustainability. At the other extreme, solar powered cellular installations have gained prominence but have faced their own adoption challenges including inability to provide adequate and reliable 24x7 power supply, need for large land footprints and lack of eficient power storage. In this paper, we perform a detailed economic cost analysis comparing diesel powered cellular networks with solar powered cellular networks. The key goal of this paper is to establish the cross-over boundary beyond which solar powered installations are better than diesel powered alternatives. We perform a detailed analysis based on actual diesel consumption data from a large telecom operator in a developing region. Using our model, we can also easily perform an extended analysis based on future projections on solar eficiencies and future cellular network designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331630
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2015
Event7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: May 15 2015May 18 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume15

Other

Other7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period5/15/155/18/15

Keywords

  • Cellular Networks
  • Diesel
  • Economic Modelling
  • Solar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ahmad, T., Kalyanaraman, S., Amjad, F., & Subramanian, L. (2015). Solar vs Diesel: Where to draw the line for cell towers? In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015 [7] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 15). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2737856.2738028