Sprint (NYSE: S) said it will deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology as backup power to rooftop network sites with financial assistance from the Department of Energy (DOE).
The solution should allow for lower network site maintenance and cleaner network energy sources and will increase network survivability during power outages.
Hydrogen fuel cells are said to provide a cleaner alternative to diesel-powered backup generators, a common solution with negative outcomes such as increasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), increased risk of ground contaminants, and higher maintenance costs. Sprint is working to reduce its GHG emissions by an absolute 20 percent by 2017. Unlike fossil fuel based generators most commonly used to provide backup power, HFCs generate no environmentally undesirable greenhouse gases in creating electricity.
Although the full scope and financial aid of the project is yet to be determined, but expected in the next 60 days, Sprint is hopeful to begin installing the hydrogen fuel cell solution by the end of 2014.
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