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Orange works with FDT and BOC to create first ever
Hydrogen Fuel Cell base station

Orange is working with FDT Associates, providers of design and construction services for telecommunications sites, and BOC, one of the largest gases companies in the world, to provide the first ever hydrogen fuel cell base station in the UK.

The site is situated in a forest at 1,500 feet and provides coverage to the A941, the main road between Rhynie and Elgin, on the Huntly Nordic Ski Centre training site. The base station's remote location would have required at least five kilometres of electricity cabling to be laid to provide power to the site. However, using this new technology provides a cost effective way of providing coverage to the area and requires no cabling.

The 5kw fuel cell, provided by Plug Power Inc, is currently running on hydrogen, with a back-up LPG generator provided by Harrington Generators, but there are no other external power sources. The solution will mean the possibility of other remote sites being built that have not been possible before due to lack of power in the surrounding areas.

Ian Guthrie, Operations Manager for Orange in Scotland said: “We are delighted to be trialling the first ever hydrogen powered mobile base station. This breakthrough means we will be able to look at getting network coverage to those areas not covered at this time.”




He continued: “We are also pleased to have been able to do this in a cost effective way, working with renewable energies that are far more environmentally friendly than traditional methods of installing base stations.”

FDT Managing Director, John Peake, said: “This trial represents the potential solution to a very real problem. Not only could it help address issues with existing mast sites but also help solve future problems when new sites are erected. We are conducting the trial using the hydrogen fuel cells as standby power provision but we are already working with Plug Power Inc to bring a fuel cell capable of providing prime power to a site to the UK.”

He continued: “We believe this approach will find applications beyond the telecoms sector and any industry that has a need to provide electrical power to a remote site while minimising levels of pollution could find this solution useful.”

John Carolin, BOC’s Global Director for Hydrogen Energy said, “This trial is extremely exciting for the plans for a future hydrogen economy. The creating of hydrogen fuel cells, using renewable energy, is really a power source for the future. We see this type of technology growing very quickly and becoming much more affordable within the next decade.”

The site was installed in December and has just begun a six-month trial basis although initial results show it is cost effective and presents no major issues.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

FDT: Jim Rothnie or Sue Litherland at Powell Communications on 0161 834 9836
Orange works with FDT and BOC to create first ever
Hydrogen Fuel Cell base station

Orange is working with FDT Associates, providers of design and construction services for telecommunications sites, and BOC, one of the largest gases companies in the world, to provide the first ever hydrogen fuel cell base station in the UK.

The site is situated in a forest at 1,500 feet and provides coverage to the A941, the main road between Rhynie and Elgin, on the Huntly Nordic Ski Centre training site. The base station's remote location would have required at least five kilometres of electricity cabling to be laid to provide power to the site. However, using this new technology provides a cost effective way of providing coverage to the area and requires no cabling.

The 5kw fuel cell, provided by Plug Power Inc, is currently running on hydrogen, with a back-up LPG generator provided by Harrington Generators, but there are no other external power sources. The solution will mean the possibility of other remote sites being built that have not been possible before due to lack of power in the surrounding areas.

Ian Guthrie, Operations Manager for Orange in Scotland said: “We are delighted to be trialling the first ever hydrogen powered mobile base station. This breakthrough means we will be able to look at getting network coverage to those areas not covered at this time.”




He continued: “We are also pleased to have been able to do this in a cost effective way, working with renewable energies that are far more environmentally friendly than traditional methods of installing base stations.”

FDT Managing Director, John Peake, said: “This trial represents the potential solution to a very real problem. Not only could it help address issues with existing mast sites but also help solve future problems when new sites are erected. We are conducting the trial using the hydrogen fuel cells as standby power provision but we are already working with Plug Power Inc to bring a fuel cell capable of providing prime power to a site to the UK.”

He continued: “We believe this approach will find applications beyond the telecoms sector and any industry that has a need to provide electrical power to a remote site while minimising levels of pollution could find this solution useful.”

John Carolin, BOC’s Global Director for Hydrogen Energy said, “This trial is extremely exciting for the plans for a future hydrogen economy. The creating of hydrogen fuel cells, using renewable energy, is really a power source for the future. We see this type of technology growing very quickly and becoming much more affordable within the next decade.”

The site was installed in December and has just begun a six-month trial basis although initial results show it is cost effective and presents no major issues.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
FDT: Jim Rothnie or Sue Litherland at Powell Communications on 0161 834 9836
BOC: Gary Williams, public relations manager, on (01483) 244515, e-mail gary.williams@boc.com
Orange: Pip MacLennan, Regional PR Manager, Scotland on 07989 381348 or at philippa.maclennan@orange.co.uk

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