In December 2019 I was fortunate enough to travel for a week to Belgium and Germany to meet with a number of key Powerbox product partners.
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The Sinuoso site is located in North-West Mexico, on the edge of the Sonora desert and is a fully off-grid site with both 2G (with air-conditioning) and 3G cellular loads in self-contained cabinets. The site has approximately 7kW of solar already installed and was supposed to be running in a hybrid manner, cycling the batteries. The existing control system never worked and the generator was running 24/7. As a result, the client requested a replacement system that could be proven to operate in a hybrid charge/discharge manner, with the necessary logging to verify its performance.
We are aware of self-driving cars and many other exciting projects that the automotive industry is engaged in, but far fewer of us have heard about unmanned ships and associated projects that will operate large fleets of vessels that are capable of navigating from port to port without operational crews.
The overall market for AC/DC and DC/DC commercial switch mode power supplies (C-SMPS), which excludes consumers and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), is estimated to be in a range of 22 to 25 billion US Dollars.
In the second half of 2017, there were close to 66,000 complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. Most of these were due to the National Broadband Network (NBN). While complaints about mobile services have fallen, there has been a massive spike in complaints related to the NBN and fixed-line internet.
Despite fierce competition between Australian telcos over pricing and quality, 22% of Australians over the age of 14 think all telcos are the same. This is despite huge advertising budgets, well-honed branding, content streaming partnerships, and sponsorship deals.
Telcos are expanding across the globe, often into remote areas with limited or no access to the grid. At the same time, telecommunications companies are struggling with expensive and unreliable power for their existing networks.
Telecommunications towers have fast become an expected part of our urban landscapes. As more people demand fast, reliable data and cellular service, more towers go up.
In Australia, it’s easy to take our constant connectivity for granted. But in some countries, most people are living in rural areas where the grid is simply unable to reach.
Today’s telecommunications companies are experiencing massive industry disruption. Increased competition from OTT providers, increased regulation, and greater technological opportunities. For most telcos, a reliance on diesel has led to high operating costs, which eat into profits.