Lead Acid vs Lithium-ion Batteries

Lead Acid vs Lithium-ion Batteries

Most people are not aware that batteries really are everywhere around us. They give life to almost every single device we use, from the alarm clock in the morning to the Netflix series displayed on our laptop in the evening. And our crave for batteries ramp up day after day, as electric vehicles are steadily making progress on the international stage. With this unquenchable thirst for batteries, there is little wonder that the battery industry itself has developed over the decades and gave birth to several battery generations. Given the simplicity of the basic functioning principle, different combinations of materials and designs were plenty. Now is a time of transition in the battery environment; dinosaurs are competing against youngsters. Honorable lead-acid batteries are facing a serious challenger in the form of emerging lithium-ion batteries. When considering investing in a battery backup system, it might be useful to refer to some guidelines regarding the current state of battery technology. Lead-acid batteries...
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Batteries or Power Generators for Telecom Backup Power?

Batteries or Power Generators for Telecom Backup Power?

Power outages are one of telecom companies’ worst nightmares, as they lead to loss of revenue, customers, image, and so on. In response, internet and telephone providers have expressed a keen interest in having a power backup system.  But power can be obtained via different processes. Back in the XIXth century, the first electric battery involved a frog leg. Nowadays, we can produce power in so many ways: from solar beams, nuclear fission, fossil fuels combustion, to name just a few. Hence, one could believe  that there is a wide choice for telecom companies regarding which backup system they want. In this article, we dive into the main possibilities available and we try to determine which are the best suited to backup current and future telecom operations. We will focus first on traditional power suppliers, diesel and natural gas generators (i), then we will have a look at fuel cells (ii), and eventually we will wrap everything up with batteries (iii). 1. Diesel...
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5 Reasons Why Backup Power is needed for Telecom Companies

5 Reasons Why Backup Power is needed for Telecom Companies

Batteries are a trendy topic in today’s energy debates. Big players such as renewable energy producers or car manufacturers have for instance loudly expressed their interest for that technology. One industry that stayed under the radar though is telecommunications.  Yet no power is deadly for telecom companies. During power outages, if not properly backuped they simply cannot operate. They need assurance that their network is always available for their consumers.  Is having backup power really worth anything ? Here are the five reasons why telecom companies need power backup systems.  1. Emergency first Cellular sites play first and foremost a pivotal role for our modern societies: they keep people together, especially during dramatic times.  In critical situations, no one can afford rescue operations or ambulances to be delayed… because of a sudden lack of power. In case of a major shutdown, having data service might very well be one of the only obstacle to complete chaos. In fact, restoring communications services is a very sensitive mission,...
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