TERI and Indus Towers jointly ink MoU on developing innovative renewable energy solutions

Written by Businesswire India | New Delhi, June 4: | Updated: Jun 4 2008, 19:53pm hrs
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indus Towers Ltd - for cooperation in development of renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient solutions for Telecom services in India.

Indus Towers Ltd., a joint venture of Vodafone, Bharti, and Idea, has been incorporated with an objective to provide Shared Telecom Infrastructure to telecom operators across the world on a nondiscriminatory basis. Its commitment towards continuous innovation will enable optimization of future tower rollout and enhance operational efficiencies and result in substantial cost savings for its customers. Indus Towers shall significantly contribute in propelling wireless communication sector towards achievement of Governments tele-density goals and broader rural coverage. Indus Towers management has chosen Green as its corporate color as an embodiment of its commitment to deliver its services in an environmental friendly manner.

The MoU also envisages collaboration for Wind Farm development, Renewable Energy Supply Options for Telecom Shelters, and Mobile Power Plant Prototype development.

While signing the MoU, Mr. MM Joshi, Director, Enterprise and Technology Development, TERI said, This is a pioneering thought on behalf of TERI and Indus Towers to use environmental strategy to innovate, create value and build competitive advantage. The MoU is an example of far-sightedness and will benefit the end-users and the society in the long-run. It is a matter of time before all other sectors catch up with this trend of energy shift.

The German CEO of Indus Towers Ltd., Mr. Stefan Langkamp, said, Indus Towers has plans to deploy Green Energy initiatives on its sites. He declared it as management responsibility and lead the organization through Indus Mission statement Putting action where the mouth is towards visible improvement in environment protection by reducing carbon emissions. Indus intends to deploy innovative energy solutions as a differentiator for itself in the market place. In line with its commitment, Indus is extremely passionate about its signing of this MoU with TERI, an esteemed organization which is a pioneer in this field. We really look forward to work together with a professional team from TERI.

Complimenting Indus Towers Ltd. for this important initiative, Mr. Amit Kumar, Director, Energy Environment Technology Division, TERI said, TERI would analyze Indus's telecom shelter design critically in order to explore the possibilities of demand -side management as well as renewable energy resources based supply side options. It is hoped that these practical solutions would enable mobile service providers in meeting their universal service obligations even in those areas where there is either no grid electricity or it is very erratic."

The Indus Towers sites are spread across the nation and it has a big challenge to manage many sites with no Grid Backup (EB) availability, hence it needs a customized solution aligned to local environment. To look into this problem both TERI and Indus Towers have developed a TERI-INDUS Lab, where Indus Towers will set up a standard shelter along with the passive infrastructure in the TERI Gual Pahari campus along with stimulated BTS loads. TERI will study the existing load requirement of the shelter and assess the energy efficiency/conservation measures, along with trying out with different renewable energy options.

In addition to the above TERI will develop a Euro container based Mobile Power Plant prototype based on renewable energy system suited for Indian conditions.

Moreover, TERI will provide consultancy for Induss Wind Farm Development activities, which includes detailed energy estimation and a techno-commercial feasibility analysis.

TERI and Indus Towers Ltd are thought leaders in the area of sustainable development and infrastructure services. Through this memorandum of understanding they have yet again reiterated their visions to promote the environmentally sound technological solutions and to use such knowledge and expertise in the field of Telecom Infrastructure Services.

About: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

From microbiology to global climate change, from smoke-filled rural kitchens to plush corporate boardrooms, from schoolchildren to heads of stateno sphere of human endeavour is unfamiliar to TERI. Headed by world-renowned economist and Nobel Prize winning climate scientist, Dr R K Pachauri, TERI is best described as an independent, not-for-profit research institute focused on energy, environment, and sustainable development and devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.

About: Indus Towers Ltd

Indus Towers Limited which is a new independent tower company promoted by leading Indian telecom service providers, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular. Bharti and Vodafone-Essar have 42% equity stake each in the new company while Idea Cellular has a stake of 16%. Indus Towers have 80,000 towers/cell sites and plans to roll out 3000-4000 sites per month in 16 telecom circles of India.