Transmission towers up and running faster thanks to durable aggregate

The problem

Vodafone is busy expanding its telecom network, partly in connection with the arrival of 5G. To achieve this, a large number of new transmission towers are needed in the Netherlands. However, this is challenging, particularly in outlying areas, because the construction of the network connections takes a relatively long time. In order to act faster, telecom giant Ericsson needs a quick and temporary solution to get the transmission masts up and running.

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Transmission towers up and running faster thanks to durable aggregate


Diesel savings


Nitrogen savings (NOx kg).


CO2 savings (kg)

36 days

Transmission towers up and running faster thanks to durable aggregate

The objective

To arrange the expansion of the Vodafone Telecom network in a sustainable way. The goal is to make the energy supply for the 5G transmission tower both sustainable and financially attractive. The costs must be lower than using other polluting energy options. In short, good for both the environment and the customer’s energy costs.

The challenge

The main challenge is providing enough power to get the 5G transmission towers up and running, in the short term. Building new network connections takes a long time, especially in rural areas. The telecom provider benefits from the fastest possible supply of power so that the 5G transmission towers can be turned on. A challenge Volta Energy is happy to take on.

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The results

A financial saving of almost 40%. Volta Energy’s 45 kVA solar generator was used for a total of 36 days for an Ericsson transmission tower in Waardenburg. Because the genset’s PV panels managed to generate a significant amount of energy, the backup genset only had to run for 54 hours, instead of 864 hours with a diesel genset or HVO B100 biodiesel genset. Only 175 gallons of diesel were consumed, a savings of nearly 2,500 gallons! At the bottom line, this project thus achieved financial savings of a whopping 37.3% compared to a conventional diesel aggregate and savings of as much as 79% compared to an HVO B100 aggregate. Meanwhile, nature was also satisfied with a saving of 8869 kilograms of CO2 emissions and 11.9 kilograms of NOx emissions.

Despite the fact that the results achieved in Waardenburg are already certainly satisfying, Volta Energy is meanwhile investigating possibilities to save the last liters of diesel as well. In this way we are working towards an even more sustainable future, in which we hope to replace the energy supply at many more locations with our sustainable solar generators.

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Transmission towers up and running faster thanks to durable aggregate

Choose your model

The power generators come in different sizes - from 6 kVA to 120 kVA - so that all construction sites and events can be supplied with renewable energy on site. Our bio-solar-hybrid generators are more sustainable than conventional diesel generators and hybrid diesel-battery generators. When the sun is not shining, our generators automatically switch from solar to battery and then to bio-diesel genset. This way, we make sure you always have power..

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