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Globe Adopts More Eco-Friendly Batteries - Globe Newsroom

Globe Adopts More Eco-Friendly Batteries for Core Network Sites

Globe is continuing its journey to greening their network through eco-friendly batteries as efficient backup power for its core network sites, which handles numerous critical communications services, including voice, data, and SMS.

Given its sustainability strategy in incorporating more green solutions into its operations, Globe has deployed Sodium Nickel batteries for its core network sites which house high-capacity communication platforms and facilities to reduce the need for frequent replacements.

To date, more than half of its core network sites are already fully or partially using sodium nickel batteries, with the rest to follow suit. 

This is part of Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG No. 9, which fosters infrastructure and innovation as drivers of economic growth and development, and UN SDG No. 13, which seeks urgent action against climate change and its impacts.

“We are progressively moving to eco-friendly batteries which employ the latest technology in backup power for our core network sites as opposed to fossil fuels.  Their eco-friendly features also align with our commitment to climate action, one of which is to reduce our carbon emissions,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.

Sodium nickel battery is 100% recyclable and has a lifespan of 20 years, double that of the standard Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) battery previously deployed by Globe. 

Benefits of sodium nickel batteries: 

  • It is also the safest among existing high-density batteries in terms of transport, storage, and operation. It emits no gas and has zero risk of explosion even when exposed to fire since there is no acid in the components. 

  • The battery can also operate continuously under a broad operating temperature range, eliminating the need for air conditioning, thereby, reducing costs. It maintains optimum performance even when the temperature fluctuates.

  • It is also space-efficient, highly modular, and complements Globe’s existing green network solutions that use cleaner fuel with lower emissions, consume less diesel fuel, and provide energy-efficient heat removal. 

Over the years, Globe has deployed more than 8,500 green network solutions such as fuel cell systems, direct current (DC) Hybrid generators, free cooling systems, and lithium-ion batteries. 

The deployment of these eco-friendly batteries support the company’s commitment to address operational greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Likewise, Globe has 14 key facilities, including its headquarters, running on 100% renewable energy via Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). It is also piloting hybrid power alternative sources for cell towers in off-grid and bad-grid sites.

Globe supports science-based targets in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  It is also a participant in the Race to Zero UN-backed campaign to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero-carbon world by 2050. 

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