Panasonic Developing Comprehensive, Smart Energy Solution For Cellular Towers and Wi-Fi Sites

Working with PowerOasis, Panasonic highlights Green Tower solution that integrates smart energy generation, storage and remote asset management software

NEWARK, NJ (FEBRUARY 26, 2015) – Panasonic Eco Solutions will introduce its Green Tower comprehensive energy solution for cellular tower and Wi-Fi hotspot sites at the Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain. Panasonic and its partner, PowerOasis, will unveil a Lithium Ion-based hybrid power solution, combining Panasonic's powerful Lithium Ion battery and solar technology expertise with PowerOasis' industry-leading telecommunications energy management platform.


Panasonic's solution targets cellular towers operating on legacy infrastructure and demonstrates how they can be retro-fitted with solar energy generation and advanced energy storage equipment. Green Tower offers the tower operator the benefits of energy efficiency, reduced operating costs and enhanced reliability. The system is designed for a range of telecommunications sites having loads that range from 50W to 3kW, and is easily deployed in off-grid, unreliable grid or on-grid locations as either a primary or back-up power solution.

"Panasonic is driving a paradigm shift across the industry through its comprehensive energy solution and its Energy-as-a-Service model, offering telecom carriers the ability to finally address energy and operating costs with an innovative solution," said Jamie Evans, who leads Panasonic's U.S. Eco Solutions business. "The Green Tower energy solution concept marks a shift from traditional static power infrastructure to efficient, remotely managed systems that reduce costs and create new profit centers for wireless carriers."

Electricity costs in mature markets can account for up to 15% of total cellular network operating expenditures. In developing markets, these costs can increase up to 50%, due to unreliable grid supply and a heavy reliance on diesel-powered generators that are also subject to fuel theft. The outsourced, end-to-end Green Tower solution is paid for by performance enhancements and operational savings, requiring virtually no capital outlay. Within certain markets, the concept also offers an opportunity for smart grid energy arbitrage. It uses predictive algorithms to show actual load compared to market demand and can send unused energy from on-site assets back to the local grid. Other benefits include satellite connectivity and wireless equipment monitoring.

"This turn-key solution highlights the significant benefits mobile operators can achieve by incorporating an integrated energy management platform and Lithium Ion battery technology into their network energy strategy," said John O'Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of PowerOasis.

The Green Tower comprehensive energy solution incorporates best-in-class Panasonic components including Li-ion batteries and HIT solar modules, in combination with technology from PowerOasis. Panasonic and PowerOasis representatives will be available to demonstrate the Green Tower smart energy solution in the "Green Pavilion" at Booth 7M28, Hall 7 for the duration of Mobile World Congress 2015.

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About Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, develops, installs and maintains large-scale Eco Solutions and Audio-Visual Solutions for business and municipal customers. Serving customers across a wide range of industries, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions engineers custom-built applications using the latest technology, experience in end-to-end management of complex corporate projects and unparalleled onsite support services. Its Eco Solutions unit offers expertise in end-to-end solar energy projects while also delivering technological and financial solutions to the rapidly expanding commercial and industrial renewable energy markets. An industry leader in Audio-Visual Solutions, the company has installed some of the largest high-definition LED video boards in the world at many well-known sports and entertainment venues in the U.S. In Interbrand's 2014 annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. Learn more: panasonic.com/pressroom

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Jim Reilly (Panasonic) +1 201-392-6067 jim.reilly@us.panasonic.com


About PowerOasis
PowerOasis is the industry leader in power management & energy efficiency solutions for wireless operators. PowerOasis solutions reduce network power costs, increase site availability and deliver network power management, control & reporting. PowerOasis has a proven system and delivery model which has enabled customers to reduce power OPEX by 50% over the last 3 years. The PowerOasis SmartHub Site Monitoring System provides holistic site & power management with alarms, events, configuration and network level reporting. The PowerOasis Hybrid System is deployed in regions of poor grid to ensure no site downtime loss and intelligent management of the back-up battery system. The PowerOasis Diesel Hybrid System is deployed in off grid locations to reduce diesel consumption and ensure site uptime. The solutions can be upgraded to include solar power to further reduce operating costs. PowerOasis continues to invest in next generation Lithium-ion energy storage software control aimed at extending power back-up from grid outages and making Grid Energy Arbitrage Systems viable worldwide. PowerOasis is headquartered in the UK and has a strong Intellectual Property portfolio, a track record of successful innovation with a growing customer base. Please visit www.poweroasis.com for more information.

Contact:
Glenda Balfe (PowerOasis) +44 1793 784 242 Glenda.Balfe@poweroasis.com

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