Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on the Reliability of a Critical Telecommunications Facility

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Telecommunications has been identified by the Department of Homeland Security as a critical infrastructure to the United States. Failures in the power systems supporting major telecommunications service nodes are a main contributor to major telecommunications outages, as documented by analyses of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outage reports by the National Reliability Steering Committee (under auspices of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions). There are two major issues that are having increasing impact on the sensitivity of the power distribution to telecommunication facilities: deregulation of the power industry, and changing weather patterns. A logical approach to improve the robustness of telecommunication ... continued below

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Robinson, D.; Atcitty, C.; Zuffranieri, J. & Arent, D. March 1, 2006.

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Telecommunications has been identified by the Department of Homeland Security as a critical infrastructure to the United States. Failures in the power systems supporting major telecommunications service nodes are a main contributor to major telecommunications outages, as documented by analyses of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outage reports by the National Reliability Steering Committee (under auspices of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions). There are two major issues that are having increasing impact on the sensitivity of the power distribution to telecommunication facilities: deregulation of the power industry, and changing weather patterns. A logical approach to improve the robustness of telecommunication facilities would be to increase the depth and breadth of technologies available to restore power in the face of power outages. Distributed energy resources such as fuel cells and gas turbines could provide one more onsite electric power source to provide backup power, if batteries and diesel generators fail. But does the diversity in power sources actually increase the reliability of offered power to the office equipment, or does the complexity of installing and managing the extended power system induce more potential faults and higher failure rates? This report analyzes a system involving a telecommunications facility consisting of two switch-bays and a satellite reception system.

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  • Report No.: SAND2006-1277
  • Report No.: NREL/TP-620-39561
  • Grant Number: AC36-99-GO10337
  • DOI: 10.2172/878567 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 878567
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc878888

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Robinson, D.; Atcitty, C.; Zuffranieri, J. & Arent, D. Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on the Reliability of a Critical Telecommunications Facility, report, March 1, 2006; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc878888/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.