India To Get Biofuel Powered Mobile Phone Base Stations

Posted: Feb 8 2007, 11:56am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 12:56am CDT, in Mobile Phones


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India to get Biofuel powered Mobile Phone Base Stations

Mobile phone use is exploding in India. But outside the major cities coverage is fragemented as there is not even reliable electricity for the most part.

A development fund called GSMA and mobile companies Idea Cellular and Ericsson are now piloting a biodiesel powered cellular phone base station.
The clean burning biofuel comes from from cotton plants and a mahogany-like tree called neem and jatropha.
This is a pretty cool idea to use biofuel to power a mobile infrastructure. Solar power would be even better, but I guess there is not enough sunshine in India and a base station takes to much energy.
The project plans to have 10 base stations operating in Pune, in the Maharashtra region of west India, by mid-2007.
More details on BBC News.

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