Off-Grid Mobile Telecommunications Base Station Power Revenue Will Reach $10.5 Billion by 2020

June 5, 2013

Driven by rising energy costs and government policy initiatives, the market for “green base stations” for mobile telecommunications networks is gaining significant traction.  These base transceiver stations, which use a combination of renewable energy, battery, and fuel cell technologies, could become much more prevalent within 10 years, especially for off-grid sites where diesel generators have become the standard source of power.  According to a recent report from Navigant Research, revenue from off-grid power for mobile base stations will reach $10.5 billion by 2020, under a base forecast scenario.

“Diesel generators, which are by far the most common energy source for remote base stations today, present a number of economic, logistical, and environmental challenges,” says Kerry-Ann Adamson, research director with Navigant Research.  “This market is small when compared with to grid-tied base stations, but the level of market pain is high, and the resulting growth will be rapid.”

That growth will be achievable only if companies can produce systems, at volume, that work in the local environment, according to the report.  Often this means installing systems that rely on a combination of technologies to provide power, such as renewable energy plus a backup battery, or renewable energy plus a battery plus a fuel cell that provides trickle-charging to the battery, significantly extending the runtime of the battery.

The report, “Off-Grid Power for Mobile Base Stations”, focuses on renewable and alternative energy sources for remote mobile base stations.  It includes a detailed analysis of the technology readiness of such systems, as well as an overview of the most likely technology combinations, including renewable generation with batteries and fuel cells, renewable generation with backup batteries, and standalone fuel cells.  Market forecasts are provided for revenue, number of deployments, and capacity in megawatts, under base and optimistic scenarios, through 2020.  An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

Contact: Richard Martin


* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, “Off-Grid Power for Mobile Base Stations,” is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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