Posted on April 26, 2016

Vodafone Qatar is rolling out a number of Hybrid Power Systems across its sites as part of the company’s energy efficiency measures and new Networks technologies that will help reduce its carbon footprint in the country. Vodafone’s hybrid power systems, which combine diesel generators with batteries for greater fuel efficiency, use smart controls to cut diesel use by up to 64% at sites that depend on diesel generators for primary or back-up power in areas with limited access to reliable grid electricity.

Ramy Boctor, Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone Qatar, said: “Every day, Vodafone Qatar is modernizing and expanding its network to cater for the ever increasing data requirements of our customers.. To minimise the resulting increases in energy use and carbon emissions, we continue to roll out energy efficiency measures and new technologies across our network. This falls strongly in line with our commitment to sustainability, innovation and to bringing the best in research and development from across our global network to Qatar.” Boctor continued: “We are working closely with our suppliers to develop and install more efficient components across our entire network. So far, we have deployed 9 hybrid sites with another 51 more planned for the coming few months.”

Any telecom operator, running an off-grid Networks infrastructure, must deploy a diesel generator to power up the site. These diesel generators operate on a 24/7 basis without being switched off. On a normal diesel generator-backed site, there’s at least 24,000 Litres of fuel burnt every year. On a hybrid power solution, a telecom operator can run the same diesel generator for 6 to 8 hours only with the rest being powered up by specialised batteries. This helps ensure cell site stability and reduces overall air and noise pollution in the area.

Research shows that information and communications technology (ICT) can help other industries achieve significant carbon savings. To do so, the ICT sector’s own footprint may need to grow slightly, but this increase is significantly outweighed by the carbon avoided in other sectors. Boctor explained: “Our key focus is on utilizing energy efficient technologies in our networks, data centres and operations. This is where we can make the biggest difference to our environmental footprint – by tackling related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – and where we can make the strongest business case by saving energy costs, yet ensuring our corporate social responsibility.”