Hybrid power for Burkina Faso

Hybrid power for Burkina Faso

Flexenclosure, a Sweden-based designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and hybrid power systems for the ICT industry, has announced an order for more than 100 power systems, to be deployed across the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

Energy Vision has ordered over a hundred units of Flexenclosure's eSite x 10 — claimed to be the world's first hybrid power system purpose-built for outdoor telecom sites and to outdoor telecom standards — for a large rollout of cell site power systems in Burkina Faso, to be utilised by a major pan-African mobile operator.

Manufacturing of the eSites has already begun at Flexenclosure's facility in Sweden and Energy Vision plans to have them all fully up and running by the end of the year. The deal also includes training by Flexenclosure product specialists and an ongoing support contract.

Energy Vision, a telecom-focused energy service company (ESCO), will use the eSite units to power with renewable energy off- and on/bad-grid telecom sites for a major mobile operator. Flexenclosure's hybrid power systems are purpose-built for outdoor telecom sites. They are sealed, tamper-proof, maintenance free and pre-equipped to utilise solar energy. Energy Vision will also be using eSite Tools' powerful set of remote management capabilities to monitor, control and accurately report back to the network operations centre on each site power system's performance.

The deal follows a 2016 eSite order from Energy Vision for a hybrid power system rollout in the central African nation of Gabon. This is Flexenclosure's first deployment in Burkina Faso and the company has delivered projects in more than 20 African countries.

"We aim to lead the telecom ESCO market in Africa, deploying the most innovative and technologically advanced infrastructure to offer our customers the highest possible network uptime and SLA at the lowest possible TCO," said Ofer Ahiraz, CEO, Energy Vision. "We are very pleased with the performance of our eSites in Gabon so Flexenclosure and their new eSite xl0 were the natural choice for our new rollout in Burkina Faso,"

"We are delighted to cement our partnership with Energy Vision with this second eSite order, " said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. "Energy as a Service, EaaS, is a fast-growing market, and one that demands the highest levels of performance and reliability from hybrid power systems. Our eSite x10 offers the lowest total cost of ownership in the most challenging operational environments and is the perfect ESCO solution."