TEL-AVIV, Israel, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Leadcom Integrated Solutions designed and successfully implemented three large-scale solar power systems for one of the world’s largest telecom operators. The systems were implemented in Chile’s Atacama Desert, an area with very harsh climate conditions, where day and night temperatures vary by more than 30°. The completion of this project marks another success story for Leadcom, further enhancing its credibility in the alternative energy space for telecoms. In these projects, Leadcom combines its capabilities, knowledge and experience in project management, civil works, electricity, logistics and implementation in difficult areas. During the implementation phase, Leadcom used more then 40 field technicians.
Leadcom is one of the world’s largest telecommunications groups. The group operates dozens of subsidiaries worldwide, primarily in Africa, Central and South America. It currently employs over 700 employees around the world and is a supplier of services in the field of deployment of telecommunication infrastructures.
To support the rapid increase of communication traffic (data and voice), the operator needed to expand the capacity of 3 fiber optic nodes that are part of Pan American Fiber Optic Network connecting Chile to Peru, located in the Atacama Desert, 1,200km from Santiago.
Yamil Franco, Leadcom’s Regional Manager said, “The innovative power solution that was designed and implemented by Leadcom assures power reliability to the sites and reduces their operating costs (OPEX).”
The solution includes battery cycling technology and large PV (solar) arrays (16kWp each) to maintain the charge of the batteries and keep the site powered 24/7.
Furthermore, the solution comes equipped with remote monitoring functionality that allows the telecom operator to monitor the performance of the sites. The structure used in this application allows for the uniquely designed panels (cylindrical cells) to provide maximum output by utilizing a reflective surface to increase PV output. In addition, the design of the solar panels allows for airflow, which helps cool the PV panels and reduce any risk of overheating in the desert environments. The design also minimizes soiling of the PV panels, which reduces required maintenance and further reduces costs for the telecom operator.
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