Biodiesel to fuel mobile base stations in India
February 8th, 2007

“Fuel derived from cotton and a shrub said to relieve constipation could soon power mobile networks across India,”the BBC reports. “The crops will be used to generate biodiesel to fuel mobile base stations in unconnected rural areas, without access to electricity. One third of Indian homes are not connected to the power grid and demand for mobile phones is growing rapidly. A pilot scheme in west India has been set up by mobile firms and industry body the GSMA development fund. “It is about connecting the unconnected,” said Dawn Hartley, development fund manager at the GSMA. Mobile phone use has exploded across India. In 2003 there were just 13 million mobile phone subscribers. Today, there are nearly 130 million”.

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