FOLSOM, CA –Altergy has been informed by some of its customers that the only wireless cell tower sites that remained up and operating during the power outages that followed hurricane Sandy were those powered by Altergy’s Freedom Power fuel cell systems.
Telecom carriers reported that numerous cell tower sites became inoperable due to loss of power, rapid depletion of battery backup power and failure of diesel generators to start. Wireless customers powered by Altergy’s Freedom Power Systems were still able to make calls, contact emergency services, etc., during the prolonged outages.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to an estimated 8.1 million people, with the New York area being the hardest hit. Several major telecom carriers reported towers and communications were down, and claim it may take weeks to restore service to some markets. However, Altergy’s customers were still up and running, providing a continuous communication capability.
Eric Mettler, Altergy’s President and CEO said “We are proud to be the only power source still running after such a devastating storm. It is gratifying to provide the ability to provide continuous communications capability. The power demands of the telecom infrastructure have far surpassed the reliability of the power grid, batteries, and diesel generators. Our fuel cells are the new and superior solution, providing benefits over wind, solar, batteries, and generators, at lower cost. They are a major competitive advantage for telecom carriers, earning them extreme customer satisfaction and loyalty.”