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Nokia Siemens, Ballard Power (BLDP) Collaborate Over Fuel Cell-Powered Mobile Networks (NOK) (SI)

November 19, 2012 1:17 PM EST Send to a Friend
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Nokia Siemens Networks -- a joint venture of Nokia Oyj (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) -- is working with Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDP) to develop mobile networks that can continue to operate during power blackouts. Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO has evaluated the Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio base station with integrated fuel cell* backup for potential commercial deployment. The solution has been installed at a DOCOMO R&D Center test site in Japan's Yokosuka Research Park (YRP).

Backup power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver a number of advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators. These include higher reliability across a wide range of operating conditions, lower maintenance costs, longer operating life as well as reduced size, weight, installation footprint, noise signature and environmental impact.

The fuel cell weight and size are significantly less in comparison to existing lead acid batteries that are typically used in many base stations to provide backup power for extended outages. The base station and fuel cell combination developed by Nokia Siemens Networks with Ballard can provide 4.5 kilowatts of power for approximately 40 hours on a single tank of fuel.

The solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and Ballard has already received the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) statutory approval in Japan. After delivering and setting up the fuel cell at a test site in YRP, Nokia Siemens Networks participated in and cleared DOCOMO's evaluation tests.




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