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New ICT solution seeks drive efficiency in energy, power sector

Energy and network coverage are emerging as two critical factors in social development in order to bring more people into the connected economy. They’re also vital to business success within the ICT sector.

The opportunities for using telecoms sites as power resources are becoming particularly attractive in countries with unstable grid conditions. Huawei’s new eMIMO (energy Multiple Input Multiple Output) platform aims to address these needs while saving operating costs and enhancing efficiencies.

“We can’t be doing the same thing we’ve been doing for the past 15 years in Energy, and expect a better energy saving. We need to rethink, and change from Supply and Install only, to Innovate, Design, Deploy and Measure Savings.” Said Norman Moyo, group CEO of Distributed Power Africa, at AfricaCom 2020.

As networks evolve and new sites are established, digital site management is becoming a global trend, especially in Africa, where significant cost savings are possible, he said..

“The eMIMO integrated operations support system (OSS) helps improve network visibility and can help identify energy efficiencies everywhere from component up to site level – therefore helping to make the most of the investment in the site.”

According to him, remote operations and maintenance helps to further reduce costs with less need for site visits and improved power availability, which is the most important consideration for any reliable network.

“The site power system consists of a rectifier, controller, battery, diesel generator and monitoring systems, which are traditionally sourced from different suppliers. The new, integrated, AI-driven Huawei solution provides all components for cost-savings and guaranteed compatibility. “

Sites using third-party systems without an OSS risk communications glitches between systems, inefficient operations and poor returns on the equipment investment.

An integrated, AI-driven solution with mutual collaboration can help achieve a simplified, intelligent and green energy network.

Moyo, listed the eMIMO benefits to include battery charging current can be automatically adjusted based on the ambient temperature and site load, the DG load rate can be maintained at the most efficient rate, which can cut fuel consumption by 45 percent during hybrid cycling; by implementing solar AI, the DG run time can be cut even more, reducing fuel costs by a further 12 percent; grid solutions can extend battery service life by up to 5% through intelligent scheduling.

An Integrated OSS can ensure efficient management of all power equipment.

Consolidating sites under one solution also makes it easier to measure total costs and return on investment.

“With social sites, the power system becomes not just a cost-saver, but also a revenue-generating solution. eMIMO can provide stable power for equipment supporting everything from smart cities to campuses, residential areas, commercial ATMs and fuel stations, with added environmental monitoring.”

Moyo said the system brings affordable, reliable power to homes or businesses that were previously off-grid, without the need for them to invest in their own back-up generators or other equipment. The solution provides reliable, convenient power, and affordable telecom site rental fees can be negotiated.

“Lower operating costs for local public and private entities running smart city, smart traffic and smart campus applications means there is no need to invest in a completely new power supply system. In addition, the site can generate increased revenue though infrastructure and power sharing.”

The opportunities and benefits of the new system are significant and site operators would be well advised to rethink their power approach when establishing new sites.

Huawei’s new eMIMO platform boosts energy availability and efficiency and will prove its worth through ongoing insights and value measurement, Moyo stated.

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