Globe will use hybrid power sources for cell towers

An airliner flies over a Globe Telecoms tower in Pateros. (Photo Reuters)

Globe Telecom Inc. is piloting the use of hybrid alternative power sources for cell towers in off-grid and underserved sites in North and South Luzon and Metro Manila.

The company said in a statement that this would allow it to reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions as it uses different technologies, including a hybrid power plant or a mini-grid system.

Such options also often contain a renewable energy (RE) component such as a solar photovoltaic system backed by a second form of generator or storage such as a diesel generator and battery storage system.

These also use advanced solar hybrid generator sets that use solar energy as the initial power source before switching to battery and diesel generator.

The company said initial pilot test results indicate an average reduction of 50% in diesel generator run time, significantly reducing fuel consumption and associated carbon emissions. This bodes well for rural areas where the technology has been deployed as they currently use diesel generators due to limited or no access to stable power supply.

Globe stated that increased power requirements with RE increases site availability and ensures continuous backup power is available in the event of a disaster, in addition to reducing power consumption and operating costs and maintenance in cell sites.

“The switch to hybrid power is part of Globe’s climate action strategy. We continue to make progress toward decarbonizing our operations to support the company’s commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer. company at Globe, in a press release.

To date, Globe said it has 14 key facilities running 100% RE with more than 8,500 green grid solutions, such as fuel cell systems, DC hybrid generators, free cooling and lithium-ion batteries, deployed to achieve energy and resource efficiency in cell sites.

In 2019, Globe began its decarbonization journey by purchasing renewable energy combined with verified carbon offsets through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) aligned with the Philippines Energy Policy renewable.

These solutions use cleaner fuel with fewer emissions, consume less diesel fuel and provide energy-efficient heat removal.

This is in line with Globe’s support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 9, which highlights the role of infrastructure and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and development, and SDG 13, which requires urgent action. against climate change and its impacts.

Globe is the first and only publicly traded Philippine company listed by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) to commit to setting science-based targets aligned with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to 1, 5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. levels. He is also part of the global Race to Zero campaign, supported by the United Nations, which mobilizes non-state actors to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier and fairer zero-carbon world by 2050.

In 2021, it also pledged to support the framework established by the globally recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and pledged to uphold its recommendations for effective climate disclosures.

Rosemary C. Kearney