Solar vs Diesel

Where to draw the line for cell towers?

Talal Ahmad, Shankar Kalyanaraman, Fareeha Amjad, Lakshminarayanan 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
Volume15
ISBN (Print)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

Other

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

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Economics
Sustainable development
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Keywords

  • Cellular Networks
  • Diesel
  • Economic Modelling
  • Solar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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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 (Vol. 15). [7] Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2737856.2738028

Solar vs Diesel : Where to draw the line for cell towers? / Ahmad, Talal; Kalyanaraman, Shankar; Amjad, Fareeha; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan.

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015. Vol. 15 Association for Computing Machinery, 2015. 7.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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. vol. 15, 7, Association for Computing Machinery, 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015, Singapore, Singapore, 5/15/15. https://doi.org/10.1145/2737856.2738028
Ahmad T, Kalyanaraman S, Amjad F, Subramanian L. 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. Vol. 15. Association for Computing Machinery. 2015. 7 https://doi.org/10.1145/2737856.2738028
Ahmad, Talal ; Kalyanaraman, Shankar ; Amjad, Fareeha ; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan. / Solar vs Diesel : Where to draw the line for cell towers?. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2015. Vol. 15 Association for Computing Machinery, 2015.
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