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Cummins In Hybrid Power Systems Deal For Telecom

Posted on September 24, 2013

Cummins Power Generation has signed a five-year agreement with Heliocentris, a German specialist in energy efficiency and clean power solutions. Under the agreement, Cummins Power Generation will incorporate Heliocentris’ networked energy management technology into a new hybrid power system designed to provide power for cellular base stations and other telecom applications.

The Cummins telecom hybrid power system will employ a diesel generator set, storage batteries and networked energy management technology to supply power to cellular sites. The system will allow seamless integration of additional power components such as photovoltaic modules, wind turbines and fuel cells, Cummins Power Generation said. The resulting hybrid system reduces the operational expense for cell sites by up to 70% and significantly reduces the carbon footprint to power a cell site, the company said.

“After extensive testing of various systems, we identified the energy management package from Heliocentris as one of the most flexible and reliable systems on the market,” said Antonio Leitao, vice president — power products, Cummins Power Generation. “Our leading diesel generator offerings and global service network, combined with Heliocentris’ networked energy management system, will provide our customers with highly reliable power systems that help meet sustainability goals while reducing their total cost of ownership.”

Heliocentris CEO Ayad Abul-Ella said that his company has “deployed more than 1000 energy management systems globally and has reduced the average annual diesel fuel consumption per site by 13,000 L (3434 gal.). This has resulted in more than 3200 tons fewer CO2 emissions and a substantial reduction in operating expenses.”