New Era (Windhoek)

22 August 2012

Namibia: Off-Grid Power Plant Unveiled

Diverse Energy, the developer and manufacturer of clean, low-cost secure power plants for the telecommunications industry, announced the results of five months' intensive field trials for its groundbreaking PowerCube technology at a ceremony held in Windhoek on Monday.

MTC and LEO are paving the way towards a green revolution in the Namibian telecommunications industry after successfully substituting diesel generators that power cell site infrastructure used to carry mobile phone traffic by trying out the PowerCube.

The PowerCube is a fuel cell-based, off-grid electrical power generating solution, for back-up and prime power, which uses ammonia as its only fuel.

It is primarily designed to replace costly, inefficient, greenhouse gas-emitting, diesel generators. These are typically used to power remote, rural cellular-base transceiver stations (BTS) in Namibia and throughout the African continent where grid power is unavailable.

Diverse Energy said that PowerCube technology enabled the operators to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to almost nil at the trial sites.

For the trial, four PowerCubes were delivered and installed at diverse sites in and around Windhoek. Over three months, all four were subjected to the extremes of Namibia's climate, topography and varying power and logistical demands. At each site, PowerCubes were supporting mobile telephone radio equipment owned and maintained by MTC and LEO.

Dirk Smet, CEO of Diverse Energy, said that the field trials with MTC and LEO have demonstrated beyond doubt the performance and effectiveness of PowerCube technology in tough, demanding real-world applications from both the cost and environmental points of view.

Diverse Energy is an energy and telecommunications company, which is privately owned and based in the United Kingdom, but operating internationally.

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