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Adopting Hybrid Energy Technology for Carbon Emissions Reduction in Nigeria’s Telecommunications Industry

Gershon, Obindah and Gershon, E. (2020) Adopting Hybrid Energy Technology for Carbon Emissions Reduction in Nigeria’s Telecommunications Industry. In: 4th International Conference on Science and Sustainable Development (ICSSD 2020), 2020, Online.

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Telecoms cell sites, powered by petrol and diesel generators, have high carbon footprints and contribute increasingly to global warming, and thereby climate change. Utilizing primary data from telecom cell sites of a major operator in Nigeria, this study empirically determines the firm’s CO2 emissions and considers how hybrid energy technology (HET) could be adopted to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Data of fuel utilization in power generation are applied to compute CO2 emissions. Towards reducing the firm’s and industry’semissions, hybrid energy technology options for incorporating solarin the energy mix are considered. Hybrid energy technologies optimize existing hydrocarbon generating plants with photovoltaic panels and storage batteries to provide minimum capacities for powering the electronic devises.Results show that HET opportunities exist for most telecom firms’ cell sites given Nigeria’s geographical advantage to access sunlight. In addition, through the adoption of hybrid energy, average daily fuel usage is reduced by 50% (apart from periods of peak demand and weather disruptions). If adopted by the major telecoms operators, as recommended, greenhouse gas emissions level in the industry will reduce significantly.A few notable challenges are highlighted in the paper. However, job creation in the renewable energy industry is a notable advantage of transforming power generation in the telecommunications industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1.Carbon 2.Emission Reduction 3.Hybrid Energy 4.Greenhouse Gas 5.Telecommunication
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 13:33
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 13:33

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