Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on the Reliability of Critical Telecommunications Facilities: Preprint

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This paper documents a probabilistic risk assessment of existing and alternative power supply systems at a large telecommunications office. The analysis characterizes the increase in the reliability of power supply through the use of two alternative power configurations. Failures in the power systems supporting major telecommunications service nodes are a main contributor to significant telecommunications outages. A logical approach to improving the robustness of telecommunication facilities is to increase the depth and breadth of technologies available to restore power during power outages. Distributed energy resources such as fuel cells and gas turbines could provide additional on-site electric power sources to ... continued below

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Robinson, D. G.; Arent, D. J. & Johnson, L. June 1, 2006.

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This paper documents a probabilistic risk assessment of existing and alternative power supply systems at a large telecommunications office. The analysis characterizes the increase in the reliability of power supply through the use of two alternative power configurations. Failures in the power systems supporting major telecommunications service nodes are a main contributor to significant telecommunications outages. A logical approach to improving the robustness of telecommunication facilities is to increase the depth and breadth of technologies available to restore power during power outages. Distributed energy resources such as fuel cells and gas turbines could provide additional on-site electric power sources to provide backup power, if batteries and diesel generators fail. The analysis is based on a hierarchical Bayesian approach and focuses on the failure probability associated with each of three possible facility configurations, along with assessment of the uncertainty or confidence level in the probability of failure. A risk-based characterization of final best configuration is presented.

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  • To be presented at INTELEC 2006 (International Telecommunications Energy Conference), 10-14 September 2006, Providence, Rhode Island

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Robinson, D. G.; Arent, D. J. & Johnson, L. Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on the Reliability of Critical Telecommunications Facilities: Preprint, article, June 1, 2006; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc885254/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.