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T-Mobile harvests the energy of the sun to power its cell tower signal

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T-Mobile harvests the energy of the sun to power its cell tower signal
T-Mobile has created its first cell phone tower to be powered entirely by solar-derived energy in Chalfont, PA. There are 12 solar panels, which, T-Mobile says, are sufficient to make the tower self-sustainable.

The carrier is certainly aiming to score some green points, and satisfy its corporate social responsibility department, while eventually offsetting some carbon trading initiatives further down the road. It is definitely not a money-saver, since the equipment costs 2-3 times the price of a regular tower. In the long run, it will eventually pay off, though, and can also be used to feed electricity back to the grid when times are tough, or generate signal even if there is a power outage.

Now, if they only had placed this tower in Scranton, PA, we can imagine all sorts of situations for the new season of "The Office".

source: GigaOM

T-Mobile harvests the energy of the sun to power its cell tower signal

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


rainy day = no signal fail

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 10:51

2. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


Doesnt it hold a charge in case of that like most solar powered devices? Even so even on a cloudy day it isnt pitch black. if you can get a sunburn in it, u can use a solar panel in it.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 13:35

5. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


way to be over critical lol not a big deal.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 12:26

3. frankthetank775 (unregistered)


WoW...some people should think before they post. How do you think it stays on at night...Hmmm maybe cause it charges. Oh by the way...just because there are clouds in the sky doesn't mean that the sun doesnt shine thru...or it would be as black as night on a rainy day. Rainy Day= still have signal. Win Power outage in the town= still have signal. Win. jbroots3 thining=epic fail

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 12:28

4. frankthetank775 (unregistered)


my spell check=fail...lol thinking

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 13:40

6. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


haha i think its cool to go green it's probably a highbrid type device anyhow, i never thought that it actually "shut down" without direct sunlight lol

posted on 25 Sep 2010, 15:37

7. SuperShadow (unregistered)


Come on guys... It is tied into the grid "... can also be used to feed electricity back to the grid when times are tough". The only time it would lose power is when the grid is down, there is no sunshine, and the batteries are dead.

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