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Profitability in times of rising oil prices 7 Jul, 2008

In the past year, oil prices have risen more than 100% and are currently at $140.73. According to most of the energy experts the situation is only going to get worse.

The price of oil is predicted to go as high as US$200/barrel in the next 12-18 months.


Source: OPEC

Our earlier findings have indicated that power and fuel constitute the biggest chunk of operating costs for mobile operators – The power and fuel challenge.

Soaring energy prices and falling ARPU put mobile network operators in a difficult position. It’s definitely the right time for mobile network operators to start looking at renewable energy sources as an option to run their networks and reduce their operating expenditure.

VNL’s WorldGSM™ technology helps mobile operators lower network operating costs in rural and remote areas. In a sustainable way. Find out more »

Solar roofing 20 May, 2008

Lumeta has developed solar roofing that can be installed in just half an hour. It’s a clever idea: photovoltaic tiles that integrate into an existing roof.

For residential applications, Lumeta offers both integrated S tile and Flat Tile solar products, as well as asphalt shingle roof systems for home builders.

Lumeta’s larger photovoltaic module – the PowerPly 380 – is intended for commercial applications. Triplepundit has an interesting video of a PowerPly installation (it’s fast): “Peel & stick solar fulfills the need … for speed!

Installing regular photovoltaic panels can difficult in two ways: it’s a cumbersome process, and large solar panels tend to stand out from the overall house architecture (a photovoltaic eyesore, if you will). So the idea of integrating a solar panel installation with existing roofing makes serious sense.

Indeed, the future looks bright for Lumeta.

Learn more: www.lumetasolar.com