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Research into Cellular Base Station Sustainable Operation

Funded by an NSF CyberSEES award, Computer Engineering Associate Professor Andres Kwasinski is working on a project to investigate techniques to power cellular network base stations from renewable sources (wind turbines and photovoltaic modules) in order to address cellular networks’ carbon footprint and resiliency concerns. To better manage operation and increase resiliency, the project investigates the base stations clustered in small groups that are powered through a microgrid configuration. In this configuration, cellular traffic management is integrated with the operation of local renewable electric power generators and energy storage, forming a single power and communication sustainable smart infrastructure system. The project is in collaboration with Prof. Alexis Kwasinski from the University of Texas at Austin.


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